If you think you’re pregnant, you are probably experiencing various thoughts and emotions. You may wonder what your friends or family will think, if you have options, or how this will affect your future plans.
There are three options available to you: parenting, adoption, and abortion. However, you’ll first want to learn more about your pregnancy and give yourself time to process before diving into each option’s ins and outs.
The first thing to know is that you are not alone. There are tons of options and resources available to young women in your situation, so keep reading to learn more about what steps you need to take.
Confirm Your Pregnancy
You will first want to verify your pregnancy before doing anything else, especially if you rely on common pregnancy symptoms such as tender breasts, fatigue, nausea, missed periods, etc.
At the Robbinsdale Women’s Center, we offer no-cost, lab-quality pregnancy testing with immediate results to confirm your pregnancy. Having 100% confirmation of your pregnancy status can eliminate any mental “what ifs” to move forward with confidence.
Schedule an Ultrasound
The more information you have, the more confident you will be. The additional step you need to take is to get visual confirmation of your pregnancy with an ultrasound. Ultrasound will let you know how far along you are in your pregnancy and eliminate possible health complications, such as an ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage.
Give Yourself Time
If you have confirmed your pregnancy and know how far along you are with an ultrasound, give yourself a couple of days to process the news. You don’t have to decide right away, so make sure you take pressure off yourself. It isn’t necessary to come up with a solution overnight.
You are the one who is pregnant, so this affects you more than anyone else. If you feel your partner is supportive and trustworthy, process the news with them. You can also schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable and compassionate staff, who will be happy to answer your questions and discuss all your options. What’s important is that you don’t feel isolated or desperate because you are not alone.
Plan to Make a Decision
Make sure that you decide based on what you think is best for you and your pregnancy, and not out of feeling pressured. There are many success stories of young women who continued their education and future goals after an unplanned pregnancy.