It might have been a few months since you took a pregnancy test, your breath catching in surprise when you saw the positive result. Afraid and confused, maybe you pushed the test out of your mind, ignoring what may be stressful news and wishing it would vanish. Or, alternatively, perhaps your period is usually late and your body’s weight normally fluctuates, which may have led to the delay in learning about the pregnancy. Either way, you’ve found yourself halfway through a pregnancy where you may feel uncertain about your options. What happens when you’re six months pregnant and you still haven’t made a pregnancy decision? Where you can turn for help throughout the rest of the way?
You’ve made it this far into your unexpected pregnancy, but you may still feel undecided about your options. Avenue Women’s Center is here to offer confidential support. We provide the opportunity to meet with one of our trained pregnancy consultants for a discussion about abortion, adoption, and parenting. We understand there may be a lot of emotions surrounding the pregnancy and your choices at this stage. We’re here to ensure you have easy access to an abundance of reliable information and services. Contact us today to begin speaking with our caring staff about your pregnancy!
Things to Consider at Six Months Pregnant
The second trimester is typically considered to be 23-27 weeks into a pregnancy. To be certain about how far along you are, you can verify the gestational age through an ultrasound. This may influence what pregnancy options are still available to you. A medical professional or pregnancy consultant may be able to use the ultrasound exam to answer any questions you may have about abortion if you’re still considering it, and what procedures are applicable to you based on the pregnancy’s development and current state laws.
If you have not done so already, schedule regular appointments with an OBGYN or a family doctor to ensure your health. This is beneficial even if you’re still contemplating the termination of the pregnancy.
You may be feeling overwhelmed about making a decision and sorting through information about each of your options. If you’ve been concealing the pregnancy from others, it may be a good idea to consider allowing your friends and family into your support network. The stress of keeping an unexpected pregnancy secret can be burdensome. So, it may help clear your head if you no longer have to worry about hiding the pregnancy from your parents, partner, or peers.
In addition, as you begin to move forward with creating a pregnancy plan, consider including a counselor or a pregnancy consultant within your support group. This way, you can address your unique concerns with a nonjudgmental professional. Their role is to ensure you feel comfortable during the decision-making process.
Pregnancy Options at Six Months
Parenting as an Unexpected Pregnancy Option:
You may be struggling with doubts about this option, fearing you’re not ready. Keep in mind that you’ve begun to take steps to gather information about your pregnancy. That takes a huge sense of responsibility. Even if you feel open to becoming a parent, you may have concerns. Does this choice mean placing a temporary or permanent hold on school or work? How will I afford to parent? While this option may involve a lot of hard work, try asking yourself if you feel there are any rewards that may come with it.
Adoption as an Unexpected Pregnancy Option:
This choice may raise similar concerns to the ones you had about parenting. Perhaps there is concern about pregnancy interfering with your education or job. Due to a lack of support, you may not feel ready to parent yet. Even so, the abortion procedures available at this stage might make you uncomfortable. If you’ve begun to consider adoption, there may be some fears and insecurities. Will my child resent me for the adoption? Am I giving him/her away? Would I ever see my child again? An adoption specialist can answer any of your questions about the process, the different types of adoption, and adoption consent laws in your state.
Abortion as an Unexpected Pregnancy Option:
Despite months passing since you first learned about the pregnancy, anxiety about what continuing it looks like may still linger. It can be helpful to ask for more information about your pregnancy’s gestational age, as well as the risk of it ending on its own. Also, you may want to verify the abortion laws in your state. Gather more information about the cost of abortion and any necessary care afterward to reduce the chances of any surprises.
Do you need help sorting through your pregnancy options when you’re six months pregnant? We’re here to help by providing nonjudgmental support and care at no cost to you. Our compassionate pregnancy consultants will take the time to get to know you during your appointment. Receive answers to any questions about your three choices and make a decision you feel confident about. Reach out today to begin talking with us about your options!
- American Adoptions. Six Months Pregnant and Don’t What Baby — What Can I Do? Retrieved from: https://www.americanadoptions.com/pregnant/6-months-pregnant
- American Pregnancy Association. (2019, October). Fetal Development. Retrieved from: https://americanpregnancy.org/while-pregnant/fetal-development/