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Slowing Down In an Abortion Decision

After your suspicions about a possible pregnancy were confirmed by a positive result on a pregnancy test, it may have felt as if you were suddenly overwhelmed by emotions and questions. Why is this happening? How does this happen? What do I do now? It’s normal to feel a sense of panic and disbelief when faced with a new and trying circumstance, and an unexpected pregnancy definitely qualifies as such. As a result, it can be easy to feel pressure to make an immediate decision. Abortion can seem like the next logical step to an unexpected pregnancy, but is it the right choice for you? Before committing to a particular path, take some time to slow down in the midst of an abortion decision.

If an unexpected pregnancy is making you panicked and overwhelmed, you may want to just take a moment to pause and reflect. With six clinics in DuPage County, Avenue Women’s Center provides unbiased support as we help you understand your unexpected pregnancy options. During a free pregnancy consultation you can receive information about abortion, the different types of procedures, and potential alternatives. We’re here to answer your questions and listen to your unique concerns through a confidential environment. Contact us today to schedule your free appointment!  

Slowing Down: Take a Deep Breath

When panic sets in and we begin to lose confidence in our ability to meet a challenge, some people find it helpful to just pause for a bit. Breathe in and out, until you feel your mind settle. Your well-being matters in this decision, so just breathe and dispel anxieties by encouraging calming thoughts. You’d be surprised at how much power the things we tell ourselves inwardly can have over our mood.

There may be a lot happening in your life right now related to school, work, or personal relationships. This pregnancy may have served as a catalyst for some of the fears and anxieties you might have already had about these things, and because of what you feel, your first instinct might be to terminate the pregnancy through abortion. But before you seek an escape to this new reality, it may be a good idea to attempt to process everything first.

Slowing Down: Understanding Your Options

If you’re considering an abortion, or if you’re uncertain about what choices you have, there are a few easy steps you can follow that enable you to proceed slowly through your unexpected pregnancy journey. You deserve answers and support. Giving yourself the time and space you may need to make a decision can help you feel more confident about meeting this sudden challenge.

Confirming Your Pregnancy: 

Have you had the pregnancy confirmed through a medical-grade test? There are many factors that can influence the results of home pregnancy tests. A test taken at a pregnancy decision center or through a healthcare provider can ensure you receive results you can trust. 

Determine the Viability of Your Pregnancy: 

Has your pregnancy been determined viable? The need to make a pregnancy decision may be removed from your hands if there are natural complications. Before you worry about abortion or any other options, you may want to schedule an ultrasound exam to see if the pregnancy will end due to miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.

Process Your Pregnancy Decision: 

Have you taken the time to speak with a trusted source, such as a friend, relative, counselor, or a pregnancy consultant? Pregnancy is a life-changing event, and if you already feel the stress of attempting to juggle so many things at once, finding a healthy outlet to express your emotions may be a good idea. You may want to talk with someone who has your best interests in mind to see what your options may be, and what obstacles may be putting you under pressure.

It’s important to know you are not alone as you sort through your emotions about pregnancy and abortion. Slowing down in the midst of an abortion decision can help equip you with the resources and tools you need to move forward. Our caring pregnancy consultants will give you space to share your feelings and concerns in a nonjudgmental environment. The free, limited ultrasound exams will provide relevant information about your pregnancy, including gestational age and early pregnancy risks, helping you move forward with a decision. Reach out today to begin receiving confidential, unexpected pregnancy support!

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.