3 Things to Consider When Assessing Your Unplanned Pregnancy Options

Finding out that you are unexpectedly pregnant may be frightening and leave you feeling confused, with unanswered questions. At Pregnancy Care Clinic, we understand how overwhelming an unplanned pregnancy can be. Our caring advocates will provide you with the information you need in order to make a decision that’s best for you. There are several things to consider when you’re assessing your unplanned pregnancy options.

First, let’s look at an overview of your three unplanned pregnancy options to consider: parenting, abortion, and adoption.

Abortion

One option is abortion. This is the process of ending a pregnancy. An abortion can be done with medication or surgery depending on factors such as how far along a woman is in her pregnancy. We offer pre-abortion services to help you with your decision.

Some women are not ready to become parents, but they are not comfortable choosing abortion. These women may consider adoption instead [1].  

Adoption

For women who are not ready to parent, but feel uncomfortable choosing abortion, adoption is another unplanned pregnancy option. This involves continuing the pregnancy and choosing another couple to do the parenting. We will give you informative resources so you can learn all you need to know about adoption.

Parenting

Some women are surprised to discover that, although their pregnancies were unplanned, they feel ready to parent. Parenting can be done alone, or with a partner, parents, or friends. Any of these options lead to more success with a good support system. We offer additional support services to help you succeed if you choose to parent.

Now that we have discussed your three options, here are 3 things to consider when assessing your unplanned pregnancy.

  1. Is anyone pressuring you to make a decision? This is called coercion, and it is not in your best interest. In some states, it’s against the law. Making a decision regarding your unplanned pregnancy is an important one, and it is only yours to make. Our unbiased advocates can help you if you are feeling pressured by anyone to make a decision about your pregnancy.
  2. Are you inclined to make a permanent decision based upon a temporary situation?  For example, is your desire to parent, but you feel you must choose abortion or adoption because you are tight on money at the moment? If your answer is, “Yes,” our trained advocates can provide you with information and resources so that you can make the decision you want rather than the one you feel forced into.
  3. Your pregnancy decision is separate from a relationship decision. This might be difficult to hear, but chances are high that you will be in a different relationship down the road. An unplanned pregnancy does not have to mean an unplanned marriage as well. Take one step at a time and make one decision at a time. Our trained advocates can help give you the information you need to make a choice that is best for your life.

Come in for Testing and Information

Make an appointment at Pregnancy Care Clinic so we can confirm your at-home pregnancy test results and provide you with an ultrasound if the results are positive. An ultrasound will confirm pregnancy viability and determine how far along your pregnancy is. We provide all services at no cost to you.

We are here to provide the information and support you need with kindness and compassion. We will be with you for each step of the process so that you can glean clarity to make the best choice for you and your life.

[1] Pregnant? Retrieved June 27, 2019, from http://www.sdadopt.org/?page_id=57