Deciding what to do about an unexpected pregnancy can be a personal journey. You might have felt shocked at first. But now you may be wondering what you should do. It can be important to take a step back and assess your options. Women in your situation have three choices: Abortion, adoption, or parenting. Finding the right one for you can take time. To get started, you may want to see where you can go for accurate information and support.
Are you thinking about your unexpected pregnancy options? Avenue Women’s Center offers a nonjudgmental environment to carefully process your decision. Our free limited medical services will provide you with information that will help you make an informed choice. We’ll answer your questions about abortion, adoption, and parenting. Our staff will also share reliable information with you regarding available resources. We’re here to support you as you take your next steps toward making a decision.
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I’m Pregnant – Now What?
You may want to make sure the pregnancy test you took was accurate. You can confirm your pregnancy by visiting a doctor or a first-step options clinic. Once you’re sure, you can start thinking about what you’d like to do next.
Consider what question you may have about your options:
- Parenting: How do I feel about the responsibilities that may come with this choice? What support might I need?
- Abortion: What is the difference between medical abortion and surgical abortion? Have I arranged for an ultrasound to determine how far along I am or identify early health risks?
- Adoption: Do I understand what an open, semi-open or closed adoption might entail? Who might I be able to talk with to help me learn more about the adoption process?
How Do I Make an Unexpected Pregnancy Decision?
An unexpected pregnancy can be life-changing. You’re not alone in feeling stressed about having to make a major decision. Some women may discuss their options with a trained resource. For you, this may be a healthcare provider, a counselor, or a pregnancy consultant.
There may be a variety of thoughts circulating through your head right now. It can be helpful to sit down with a professional to talk about some of these worries. Giving yourself a moment to explore your emotions can lead you to the right option for yourself.
Aspects of the pregnancy decision to reflect on:
- How will I feel about my choice in the long run?
- Do I have strong opinions about any of my pregnancy options?
- Is anyone pressuring me into a decision?
- What do I need from my friends and family as I go through this?
Since there are so many different scenarios to consider, it’s normal to feel conflicted. You may be sure of what you want in one moment. But in the next moment, you may find yourself considering another path. This is okay.
When making a choice like this, it’s recommended you give yourself time. The plan you make will typically depend on your individual needs and unique situation. As you think through the information regarding your unexpected pregnancy, try to remember you are not alone. There is plenty of help as you attempt to figure out what to do.
Avenue Women’s Center is here for you as you think through your unexpected pregnancy options. Our caring staff will partner with you, offering limited medical services and information on your decision. At any of our centers in DuPage County, we’ll provide you with judgment-free assistance. All within a comfortable and supportive setting.
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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.