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Unexpectedly Pregnant and Feeling Discouraged at the Start of a New Year

Here we are again, at the start of a new year!  Maybe you have a habit of setting New Year’s resolutions every January and sticking with them as intentionally as possible, for as long as possible.  Even if that doesn’t sound like your style, you’re probably beginning 2024 with good intentions (for your physical health, mental wellness, work/life balance, etc.) in the hopes of having the best year possible.  But what if 2024 has kicked off with an unexpected pregnancy?  If that’s your situation, chances are, you’re feeling like this new season has gotten off on the wrong foot.  Maybe to say that would be the understatement of the year.

Your circumstances may seem difficult and disheartening.  But there’s hope for a positive outcome, and you don’t have to manage this pregnancy journey on your own!  Avenue Women’s Center exists to partner with individuals facing situations just like yours.  We’re a first-step pregnancy clinic based in Chicagoland.  We provide free and confidential services like medical-grade pregnancy tests, options consultations, limited medical ultrasounds, and more!

Check us out!  Our mission is to empower you for the most confident and informed pregnancy decision possible.  We offer resources to support you both now and following your decision.

Hang in There!

A new year can feel like a clean slate.  For many of us, it’s natural to enter a fresh chapter with high hopes that good things will happen in the months ahead… and maybe life will run just a little bit smoother than it did the previous year.  If you’ve ever read or watched Anne of Green Gables, you may be familiar with the quote, “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it… yet.”  Of course, there’s nothing wrong with starting a new year with an optimistic point of view.  But most of us have had the misfortune of discovering how quickly a new season can begin to feel tainted by old struggles and new challenges.  Maybe it seems like your unexpected pregnancy is setting a negative tone for 2024 and beyond.  As a result, you may be feeling deeply discouraged today.  Hang in there!

You Have a Hopeful Future Ahead

An unexpected pregnancy is surely not what you wanted or envisioned for this new year.  This next season of your life is bound to come with some significant challenges. (That’s likely to be the case whether you choose abortion, adoption, or parenting).  None of this means that you don’t have a hopeful future ahead of you.  Your pregnancy journey may even lead you to positive opportunities that you never would have known if your 2024 hadn’t started out this way.  You have options.  You have resources available to you.  And you have what it takes to forge a promising path for yourself, no matter what you’re facing.

How Can Avenue Women’s Center Help?

Our caring pregnancy consultants and nurses at Avenue are here to equip you with the information and resources you need to thrive, even in the middle of this unexpected pregnancy.  In addition to offering free lab-quality pregnancy tests, we provide options consultations, so you can move forward feeling knowledgeable about all the processes and risks involved with each of your pregnancy options: abortion, adoption, and parenting.  We believe in educating women about their own unique pregnancies as well, so they can know what they’re facing before the time comes to make a decision.  A limited medical ultrasound at Avenue can tell you, 1) how far along you are (which can affect which abortion options you’re eligible for), 2) your chances of miscarriage, and 3) the location of your pregnancy (a pregnancy located outside of the uterus would be dangerous and would require immediate medical attention).

Much of how this pregnancy journey unfolds may be out of your hands.  Right now, you may be feeling like you’ve lost control of the course of your life.  But you still have autonomy… autonomy to build a strong support network, to take informed next steps, and to pursue the outcome that you feel in your gut is the right one for you.  That fire never has to go out- no matter what stressful circumstances you’re facing, or during what season of life you’re facing them.  Avenue Women’s Center is here to partner with you on your own path forward.

Contact us to learn more and ask questions!  We provide in-person and virtual appointments!

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.