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Last blog entry we talked about facing the reality of our situations during an unplanned pregnancy and embracing the decision-making process. Well, once the truth has time to sink in, what happens next?

2. Get all the information necessary to make your decision. There are many caring pregnancy centers which will provide information and resources needed to make your decision. (To find one in your area check out www.optionline.org.) If you live in DuPage County, please utilize PregnantHelp’s hotline or live chat to make an appointment at one of our locations. We have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information in regards to abortion, adoption, and parenting. We can help you sort through your options and will listen as you voice your concerns, questions, and difficulties. Getting all of the information isn’t just about having the right resources or materials. It also includes bringing people that are important to you into your decision making process—family, friends, and your significant other. Talk this over with them and see what help and support they are able to offer you. However, no matter what advice you receive, remember at the end of the day it’s YOUR decision to make. You are the one who will be ultimately responsible and therefore, you must come to terms personally with the choice you will make. You will want to make a decision you can stand behind for the rest of your life.

3. Next, evaluate all of your options. Sit down and think things through. DON’T RUSH! Many women feel the need to make a decision immediately, and don’t give themselves time to fully think everything through. Don’t let yourself fall into this category. Give yourself some time to allow things to settle. At the beginning, emotions and confusion are high and these can influence your decision. Don’t let the amount of information or opinions you receive become overwhelming. Consider the pros and cons of each option. Ask questions. Seek more counsel. Then after all is said and done you can feel like you’ve really considered the outcomes and responsibility involved. Don’t let a lack of resources stand in the way of what you decide. Some women are afraid to make a decision based on the fact that they don’t have enough money, support, or time. There are several agencies, groups, and organizations that would love to help with your situation. Make your decision based on what YOU feel is right to do. You can contact your local pregnancy center to receive information on these resources.

Keep your eyes peeled for our next blog. We’ve gone through the process of gathering all the necessary information and including our loved ones in the decision-making process. Now, it’s time for action!

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.