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Unexpectedly Pregnant and Dreading This Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be an emotionally painful holiday for many different reasons.  For some people, this pain is triggered by a death in the family, a strained relationship, or another kind of loss.  If you’re facing an unexpected pregnancy, you may be dreading Mother’s Day for your own unique reasons.  That would be understandable.  It’s only natural that you’d have some complex feelings about this subject right now.  Know that you already have (or can obtain) everything that you need to lean into a positive future.  Hold onto that truth this Mother’s Day.

If you’re coping with an unexpected pregnancy, becoming a mom for the first time (or the second, or the third…) may not seem like your clearest path forward.  You may be considering your option of abortion a little bit or very seriously, because the timing doesn’t feel right for parenting.  Perhaps you have many other reasons not to continue this pregnancy.  Avenue Women’s Center is here for you no matter where you find yourself today.  We’re a limited medical clinic with five locations in Chicagoland, offering free and confidential first-step pregnancy services.

Learn more about Avenue!  We provide medical-grade pregnancy tests, options consultations, limited medical ultrasounds, and more to help women make informed and empowered decisions. 

Sitting with Your Complex Emotions

If you’ve ever wanted to become a parent, you probably never imagined being pregnant on Mother’s Day and feeling the way you feel right now.  If you’re already a mom, you probably never saw yourself facing this kind of anxiety on a day that’s meant to honor you and your unique influence on your family.  Perhaps it feels like you have more reason to mourn than to celebrate this Mother’s Day.  It’s okay to grieve over your painful emotions and doubts.  On a day that commemorates moms, it can be especially hard to acknowledge that your own pregnancy may not lead you down this path- even if becoming a mother isn’t something that you want.  A woman’s true feelings about all this can be very complex.  Try not to push those emotions away.  They may be raw and difficult to understand, but processing them both on your own and with someone who cares could be key to discovering the path that’s right for you.

Accessing Information and Support at Avenue Women’s Center

It’s possible to find support while accessing the facts that you need to make a well-informed, well-rounded pregnancy decision.  Avenue Women’s Center exists to empower you in this way.  The purpose of our no-cost services is to provide clarity around your unique pregnancy, your pregnancy options, and your available resources, so you can know where you stand and what avenues are open to you.  We get that the decision-making process looks different for every individual.  If your feelings about your future pregnancy choice seem unresolved, it’s okay to continue sitting with them.  Most women have more time than they realize to process their next steps.  Avenue is a pressure-free zone, where expert pregnancy consultants and nurses are available to help you understand how much time you have to work with.

A Word About Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is more than just a box to check off on your calendar.  It’s more than a reason to buy someone a card or a spring bouquet.  Like any holiday, it represents a deeper, more meaningful concept that people all around the world celebrate together.  The subject of motherhood is bound to strike a sensitive cord for someone who’s pregnant, regardless of how she feels about the pregnancy, or whether or not she planned for it.  If you’re struggling emotionally, it’s healthy and brave to acknowledge this.  Know that you don’t have to cope with those feelings on your own.

As Mother’s Day approaches, remember that this season of pregnancy and this particular day will pass.  Avenue Women’s Center is here to offer unconditional emotional support throughout your journey, no matter what you decide.  We’re a pressure and judgment-free zone.  And we’re confident that you’re fully capable of discovering your own best outcome.  So, whether you’re celebrating someone this Mother’s Day, grieving a loss, sifting through painful emotions, or all of the above, you’ve got this.  Embrace that today.

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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.