If you think you're pregnant, you're probably experiencing a bunch of emotions. You might be scared, desperate, and overwhelmed by your situation and you probably don't know what your next steps are. Before jumping to any decisions, take a moment and try to compose yourself. It is always beneficial to remain level-headed before moving forward with anything that will impact your life in a major way. In this post, we'll cover some things that can help you make an informed decision on how to move toward an outcome that is best for you.
First, you need to confirm that you're pregnant.
Before you make a decision on anything, you need to make sure you're pregnant. The best way to do this is by taking a pregnancy test. Since at-home tests can sometimes be unreliable, your best bet is to get a lab-quality test. At iChoose, we offer free pregnancy tests. Additionally, limited ultrasounds are available by appointment for qualified clients after the initial intake. Don't hesitate to reach out and schedule an appointment with us today!
Make sure you're aware of all your options.
If your pregnancy has been confirmed, you need to start thinking about the options that are available to you. The three main options to consider are parenting, adoption, and abortion.
The idea of becoming a parent during your teen or young adult years may seem daunting. While it's normal to feel scared or uneasy in this situation, it's important to remember that parenthood does not mean that your own life is over. Parenting can actually be an incredibly enriching and rewarding experience! You have the unique opportunity to shape a new life, giving them the tools they'll need for success. While it undoubtedly brings its own challenges, these rewards far outweigh the unique challenges that parents face along the way.
If parenthood just isn't for you, adoption is another route to consider. Making an adoption plan, allows you to make a loving and selfless decision for your baby. This decision gives your little one an opportunity to have the best upbringing with a loving family who will be able to provide for them financially, emotionally, and physically while allowing you to continue your own life pursuits.
Lastly, abortion is an option that many women consider - it may have even been your first thought when the pregnancy showed up in your life. Even though abortion may seem like the simplest way to terminate a pregnancy and evade its possible consequences, you should know that there are many medical, mental, and emotional risks associated with it. It is absolutely essential to be fully informed and educated before making a decision regarding abortions as they can have both long-term physical and mental health effects on any woman. If you'd like to know more about these risks, contact our team. We're here to help you be informed and equipped to make the best decision for you!
Don't make quick decisions and don't let anyone rush you.
There is no single "right" or "wrong" decision when facing an unplanned pregnancy. The situation can be so overwhelming that you might feel pressure to act quickly. However, rash decisions often lead to regret down the line. The best thing you can do is take the time to think through your options to ensure that whatever decision you make, it's the best one for you.
Making a decision can be made even more difficult when you have other people telling you what you should do, especially if you don't agree with them. Whether it's your partner urging an abortion or your parents suggesting adoption, don't let yourself feel pressured to do something you aren't comfortable with. Ultimately, this is your decision to make and to live with.
If you need help, don't wait!
If you're facing an unplanned pregnancy, iChoose Pregnancy Support Services is here to care for you and support you. From pregnancy services and counseling to educational resources and material aid, we want to partner with you in your journey. We will walk with you every step of the way without passing judgment or pressuring you. If you would like to schedule an appointment with our team, there's no reason to wait. Schedule now.