3 Things to Do Before Making a Choice about an Unplanned Pregnancy
About one of five pregnancies are unplanned. If you find out that you, too, have an unplanned pregnancy, the feelings can be overwhelming.
Can I still go to school and have a baby? Will my boyfriend leave me if he finds out? How will I support the baby? Can I still get a good job? What will my parents think?
You are not alone and these questions and emotions are normal. Before you make a decision about your pregnancy, take a few days to do these three things:
- Visit our center.
Our pregnancy center, ABBA, is located in Portland, Maine. Give us a call and set up a time to visit or book an appointment online. We can provide information and materials that will help you make a well informed decision.
Once you visit, ask about a pregnancy test or a free ultrasound. ABBA can also provide trained certified client advocates who can help you in the decision-making process.
- Talk to a trusted family member or friend.
Talk to one or two trusted individuals and ask for their advice on the matter. If you’re afraid that your family won’t be open to listening we have client advocates at ABBA that are available to help. Many of our volunteers have been in the same place you are in right now and can relate to your situation. We won’t judge you or pressure you in any way.
Don’t make any decision based on emotion or on what your boyfriend, parents, or friends may think of you.
- Take your time.
Take a few minutes to breathe and calm down. A decision needs to be made soon, but it doesn’t need to be made the same day you find out you’re pregnant. Take time to research the facts, to talk to a trusted individual, and to think on your own before you decide.
Finding out you’re pregnant can be difficult if the pregnancy is unplanned. Before you choose what to do about your pregnancy, take your time to make a well-informed decision.
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