We all have our comfort zones, but life often pushes us right out of our cozy spots and into something new and challenging. For better or worse, we get forced into the uncomfortable—whether we like it or not. Sometimes we can put on a brave face, despite whatever feelings are gnawing at us, and handle whatever it is with a calming empowerment of an “I got this!” attitude. Other times the situation is just too much to bear, and it’s only a matter of time before our feelings reach the surface in a hot mess of discomfort. This could be you right now if you’ve recently found out you’re unexpectedly pregnant. Comfortable might be the last thing you’re feeling as you think about your next steps.
Making an uncomfortable pregnancy decision comfortable might seem impossible, but there’s help in facing your choice. Avenue Women’s Center has over 35 years of experience in helping women face unexpected pregnancy decisions. Our free services include medical-grade pregnancy tests and private consultations to discuss your results and options with our knowledgeable and understanding staff. If you’re in the Chicagoland area, reach out to us today and learn more about how we can help you take your next steps!
When your world gets shocked with news of an unexpected pregnancy, it can be anything but comfortable to deal with. It’s understandable that you might be feeling scared, apprehensive, nervous, or unsure. Being uncomfortable often includes feeling confined or stuck in a situation you’re eager to escape. It’s not easy to face an uncomfortable choice, but a pregnancy decision isn’t something you can flee from. At some point you have to step into a place of discomfort and make a tough choice. But there’s hope in making an uncomfortable pregnancy decision comfortable. It might be buried beneath the panic of crisis mode thinking, but it’s there …
Maybe you didn’t want to become pregnant RIGHT NOW, but considered it as a future possibility. Maybe you never imagined yourself pregnant at all. But here you are, possibly questioning everything you dreamed about for your life. As impossible as it seems, embrace the unknown of your pregnancy options and face the discomfort.
Whether you’re considering abortion, adoption, or continuing the pregnancy, examine your options from a different perspective and really question the possibilities of each one. What are your fears with each option? What are your hopes? Stretch your thoughts outside of your comfort level and try to see beyond what you’ve imagined and expected about pregnancy. Question your deepest desires and the things that make you the most uncomfortable about this choice. A shift in perspective can offer a new clarity about what you really want and how you truly feel about your pregnancy options and possible outcomes of each one.
How often does anything in life ever go as we planned? We have goals and expectations, but then reality kicks in we realize that things rarely happen as we hoped. Life throws us stormy seasons all the time, but we seek shelter and brave the storm to survive another day. We’re likely changed and different than before the experience—and that’s exactly what’s supposed to happen. Our entire lives are a journey, with many paths through uncomfortable seasons. Making a pregnancy decision is often a difficult experience to weather, but this season will pass and you’ll find a way through it somehow and some way. As an article in Psychology Today highlighted, with big life experiences “all of the emotions and uncomfortable feelings are simply passing weather. Take some shelter, but don’t run away. Be in it and see what happens.”
It can be incredibly challenging to find comfort when facing an unexpected pregnancy decision. Whatever options you’re considering, Avenue Women’s Center can be a comforting place of support and understanding in the first steps of your choice. Our client advocates care about making an uncomfortable experience comfortable for you with confidential, private pregnancy consultations and accurate pregnancy test results you can trust. Call, text, chat, or email us to set up your free appointment at one of our five locations in DuPage County!
- Psychology Today. Madsen, Pamela. (2012, October). Can You Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable? Retrieved from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/shameless-woman/201210/can-you-be-comfortable-being-uncomfortable.
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