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Coping With an Unintended Pregnancy

Coping With an Unintended Pregnancy - When Does Life Begin?

Facing an unintended pregnancy can be emotional and stressful, even if you have adequate support. It’s important that you approach decision-making with a clear mind, as you explore your options and discuss the future of your unborn child. Here are a few tips for coping with an unintended pregnancy:

Get confirmation

You’ve taken a pregnancy test and it’s positive—what now? While at-home pregnancy tests are accurate the majority of the time, it is important to get confirmation with a blood test. Before panicking and making any impulsive decisions, schedule an appointment with your doctor to confirm your pregnancy.

Feel your feelings

It is common to feel angry, sad, stressed, or ashamed when faced with an unintended pregnancy. You may even be fearful of sharing the news with others. These are normal human emotions to experience as you navigate sudden life transitions. Therefore, it’s important to give yourself grace as you process this news. During this time, speak with a trusted friend, family member, or counselor who can help you process your emotions. Your mental health can affect your physical health, so prioritize your mental well-being.

Don’t allow finances to cloud your judgment

From diapers and food to childcare and more, supporting a new life can be expensive. Don’t panic though! If your financial situation is not ideal, there are resources available to help. There are a number of government programs that provide financial aid. Medicaid coverage is available for pregnant women and babies. Furthermore, many crisis pregnancy centers, private charities, and state programs offer ongoing material assistance, pregnancy/parenting classes, help with school, and more. Click here to learn more about these resources.  

Explore your options

Having a child is life-altering, especially when you’re unprepared. Uncertainty of the future can lead women and couples to make impulsive decisions. Therefore, it’s important that you explore all your options. The professionals at your local crisis pregnancy center can discuss your options with you in a safe, judgment-free environment. At crisis pregnancy centers, you receive the informed consent you deserve, so you can make the best decision possible for you and your baby. Click here to locate a crisis pregnancy center near you.  

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