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What Are the Pros and Cons of Continuing With an Unexpected Pregnancy?

It’s normal to have conflicting thoughts about your unexpected pregnancy options. Even if you feel sure about continuing the pregnancy, you may have questions still. Am I ready for the responsibilities that may come with this option? What changes might this choice bring? When it comes to making an unexpected pregnancy decision, it’s recommended you carefully analyze your feelings. Typically, there is no one size fits all solution. Each of your three options – parenting, adoption, and abortion – comes with a unique set of pros and cons. If you’re thinking about continuing with the pregnancy, then it can be important to consider them all.

If you’re wondering if parenting is the best direction for you, then it can be helpful to gather more information first. At our six Chicagoland centers, Avenue Women’s Center will provide you with the resources and services needed to move forward. We understand the need for reliable information at this time. That’s why our expert pregnancy consultants will walk you through your options and address any of your concerns.

Contact us today to arrange for a private session with our staff at no cost!

How Can I Go About Making a Decision About Parenting?

First, it may be helpful to seek support. Facing a potentially life-changing circumstance alone can be overwhelming. Gathering your close friends and family around you can provide you with encouragement. It may also be helpful to meet with a counselor or a pregnancy consultant to fully explore your emotions. Before you commit to any of your options, it’s recommended you think through each one carefully.

Finding the right choice is often dependent on your personal feelings and individual circumstances. Often, there are many different factors to weigh as you make your decision. If parenting is the path you want to take, then you may want to explore the pros and cons that may come with this route.

Pros of Parenting: 

  • Do you look forward to any new life goals that might come with parenting?
  • Is being a parent something you’ve thought about before?
  • Would it make you feel mature knowing someone is dependent on you?
  • Will you and your partner grow closer if you choose to co-parent?
  • Are there things you’re excited about learning as you prepare to become a parent?
  • What effect might this option have on you – will it strengthen your organizational skills and help you feel more independent?

Cons of Parenting: 

  • Are there certain educational or career goals that may have to be reworked or put on hold?
  • Is there uncertainty in regards to your feelings about being a parent?
  • Do you have concerns about the expectations associated with this role?
  • What conflicts might arise between you and your partner?
  • What concerns do you have about knowing how to handle a variety of parenting situations?
  • How might you have to change certain parts of your lifestyle – will you need to plan your day and schedule blocks of time for yourself?

Asking questions and examining your emotions is often key. Parenting can be rewarding. But similar to your other options, it’s good to have all of the facts before you move forward.

Are you looking for more information about the pros and cons of parenting? Avenue Women’s Center is here to come alongside you as you contemplate your unexpected pregnancy options. Receive free services and support that will help you build a plan moving forward. Our pregnancy consultants will answer your questions and help you understand what resources are available to you.

Schedule your free appointment at one of our six offices in DuPage County to start meeting with our staff today!



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.