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Making a Pregnancy Decision to Impact Someone Else

Are you coping with the difficult news of an unexpected pregnancy?  Do you find yourself considering the future outcome of this with someone else, like a partner or family member, at the forefront of your mind?  Perhaps you’re leaning towards abortion, adoption, or parenting based on your perception of what somebody else wants (or doesn’t want).  This can sometimes happen without us being fully conscious of it.  As your own pregnancy journey continues, remember that it’s important to be self-aware of the motivations behind your decision-making process, regardless of which option you ultimately settle on.  It’s also healthy to have sound reasoning to back up a pregnancy choice that’s made by and for you.

Maybe there’s a small or significant part of you that’s leaning towards a particular pregnancy outcome because you’re hoping to provoke a certain reaction from someone you know.  If so, this blog is for you! Regardless of which option(s) you’re considering and why, Avenue Women’s Center is here to meet you with reliable information and unconditional emotional support.  We’re a first-step pregnancy center with multiple limited medical clinics in Chicagoland.  We’ve been equipping women to make informed and confident decisions for over forty years, and we’d love to partner with you too.

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Healthy Motivators for a Well-Grounded Decision

When it comes to making a meaningful choice like a decision to abort, parent, or create an adoption plan, motives matter.  Before you reach a conclusion, reflect on the reasons why you’re considering the option(s) that you are.  Ensure that you’re making your decision for strong reasons that you’ll continue to stand by as you step into the future.  Here are a few healthy motivators for a well-grounded pregnancy choice.  Notice that you will be the source for all of them, not your parent, partner, or anyone else.

  • Your values and beliefs. In large part, your values and beliefs reflect who you are.  Chances are, a pregnancy choice that aligns with them will lead to greater confidence in your decision both now and later.
  • Your gut feelings. Instincts and gut feelings don’t always make sense to us at face value.  However, they often turn out to be reliable indicators of our next best steps.  As your pregnancy decision-making process continues, pay attention to what your gut is telling you.
  • Your unique health needs. A certain pregnancy decision may be best for you from a medical perspective.  Every woman’s body is unique, and so is every pregnancy.  It’s important to learn practical information like where the pregnancy is located, the likelihood of miscarriage, and the gestational age of the pregnancy.  All this information can be obtained through a free limited medical ultrasound at Avenue.

A Decision that Flows from Within You

You’ll be impacted by your pregnancy outcome more than anyone else both physically and emotionally, no matter which option you choose.  Making this significant choice for someone else’s sake could also lead to feelings of resentment down the road.  So, it’s fitting for this decision to flow from your own values, instincts, and needs.  Avenue is a pressure-free, judgment-free space where you can feel safe exploring the question, “Which pregnancy outcome is best for me, and why?” We provide accurate and holistic information on all pregnancy options and tons of community resources using a compassionate approach.   We believe that knowledge and emotional support are key ingredients for a well-informed, carefully considered choice.

At Avenue, our pregnancy consultants and nurses are passionate about empowering women to make strong, confident decisions for themselves.  Our free and confidential services include medical-grade pregnancy tests, options consultations, and limited medical ultrasounds. 

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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.