If your birth control has failed and you find yourself pregnant, try not to panic. While the situation may seem impossible, you must take a deep breath and remind yourself that you can get through this. There is help and support available.
There are a few things you’ll want to do after learning you’re pregnant. Remember that you’re strong and more than capable of tackling this!
Will You Share the News?
Consider sharing the news with a trusted friend or family member if you want their support. Sometimes, a listening ear can go a long way, and if there’s someone you feel comfortable speaking with, they may make this situation easier for you.
Be willing to accept support if they offer it, and when you feel ready, think about talking to your partner about your unplanned pregnancy. If they are supportive and you feel comfortable doing so, you may appreciate their help during this time.
Receive the Medical Care You Deserve
When pregnant, you’ll want to safeguard your health and confirm pregnancy details before considering your options. Ensure you are pregnant with a lab-quality pregnancy test, and have an obstetric ultrasound.
An ultrasound reveals important information such as:
- Viability: Miscarriages occur in up to 20% of pregnancies, so it’s vital to confirm that your pregnancy is viable and has a heartbeat.
- Gestational age: Ultrasounds determine how far along you are, and your gestational age will decide whether or not you’re eligible for a medical or surgical abortion.
- Location of pregnancy: Sometimes, women have a pregnancy in a location other than the uterus, such as in one of the fallopian tubes. This condition is called ectopic pregnancy, which is dangerous if left untreated.
In addition to following these steps, you’ll also want a physical exam performed by a medical provider and receive STD testing. True Care Women’s Resource Center offers no-cost pregnancy, testing ultrasounds, and limited STD testing and treatment for pregnant women who have used their prior services. Get the care you need before reviewing your options!
Get Options Information
Once you confirm pregnancy details, now is the time to review your options. You can choose abortion, adoption, and parenting.
It is crucial to receive up-to-date information about these options, and you can usually get the facts at a local pregnancy resource center at no cost to you. There, a trusted staff member can counsel you about your options and provide the pros and cons of each. Often, talking through your concerns and expectations can help you make the best possible decision!
At True Care Women’s Resource Center, our advocates will walk you through your options and provide the emotional support you deserve!
Receive Support Today
An unplanned pregnancy can be challenging, but you don’t have to do this alone. Contact us to learn more about our no-cost, confidential services and schedule an appointment!