And you probably have some questions.
Does Any Of This Sound Familiar?
More than likely this was not the plan you had for your story – not now anyway. Maybe you thought you would never find yourself in this position – contemplating abortion. But now that it’s you and your body, your future and your decision – you may be left searching.
This may be one of the most uncertain times in your life. You may feel like your life is spinning out of control – leaving you unsure of what you should do now that you have discovered that you are pregnant.
You may be feeling very alone right now – unsure who you can trust and confide in, and you probably have many unanswered questions.
You may be wondering:
You can’t change what has happened, but you can carefully consider your next step.
You may feel pressure to make a quick decision. Instead, give yourself some time. Where you go from here will have a significant impact on your life. You have options, so make an informed decision.
Many people will offer advice, but it’s important to seek the wisdom and counsel of those who understand the unique dynamics of an unplanned pregnancy. Contact your local medical pregnancy resource center for free medical services, confidential and compassionate care.
Revealing your unplanned pregnancy to those closest to you can be difficult. But it’s important to let them know so you won’t have to deal with everything alone.
Family members and friends may react in different ways, but open and honest communication is vital. If they react with judgmental or condemning words, remind them that this is a difficult time for you and you need their support. If they try to pressure you into making a quick decision about parenting, adoption or abortion, ask them to give you time to carefully consider all your options.
Stand strong if others are pressuring you. This is your decision – one that you will live with for the rest of your life. You owe it to yourself to get the facts. No one can force you into a decision, so carefully consider all your options.
If you are concerned for your safety or think someone might try to harm you, you should seek a safe environment. Surround yourself with people you trust – those who love you and care about your well-being.
Where you go from here matters. You can come through this a stronger woman. You owe it to yourself to take time and get the facts. This is your life, your pregnancy and your future. You can do it.
What you are going through is not easy. There are no simple answers. Face this situation together. Talk with each other openly and honestly, but also respect each other’s need for time and space. A family crisis has the ability to drive family members apart or draw them together
It’s not easy – but it’s possible.