Pregnancy Options: I’m Pregnant, What Are My Options?

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When a woman experiences an unplanned pregnancy, a flood of emotions opens up. Nervousness and worry are common feelings. You can ask yourself all kinds of important questions like, "Am I ready for this? What should I do now? Do I want to do this? What are my options?" If you are pregnant, you have three options: parenthood, adoption, or abortion. What do you wanna do? Do you want to become a parent, create an adoption plan, or have an abortion? Each decision has its own set of unique outcomes and will determine your next steps. Talking to a counselor can help you sort out your thoughts and emotions, and think through each option.

Parenting. A decision to carry a pregnancy to term and raise the child. There are many women who would love to become parents, but they may be worried about how to get there. Parenthood can seem overwhelming as it involves taking responsibility for the child's physical, emotional, financial, and educational development and care until she becomes an adult. You will have many decisions to make but you don't have to make them all at once or on your own. You and your partner can choose to parent together, co-parent, or you can be a single parent. A professional counselor can help you develop a plan, give you access to community resources, and answer your questions.

Adoption. A decision to carry the pregnancy to term and to plan for adoption involves the abandonment of parental rights after childbirth. Women who choose adoption often do not feel financially and / or emotionally ready or equipped to raise their child. You can choose the level of your involvement in the child's life that you prefer. There are several types of adoption to choose from that provide different levels of contact, if any contact, with the child after birth. These options include: open (usually an ongoing relationship), semi-open (usually letters and photos exchanged), and closed (no communication). A professional counselor can walk you through the different options, answer your questions, and help you develop an adoption plan.

Abortion. A decision to terminate or terminate a pregnancy involves the use of medication or surgery. The method of abortion depends on the progress of the pregnancy. Abortion is the end or termination of a pregnancy, usually before 24 weeks gestation. There are two types of abortions: medical only (non-surgical) and surgical. Surgical abortions are performed more safely by OB / GYN (or other medical personnel certified to perform abortions) in a licensed medical facility. Women terminate their pregnancy for many reasons including personal circumstances, health risks, or a high risk of genetic or physical abnormalities in the baby. A professional counselor or healthcare practitioner can answer your questions and provide you with accurate health information and education on the abortion procedure (s) available to you, including potential health risks.

With many factors to consider when deciding which option is best for you, this can be a very uncertain time in your life. Understanding and weighing the pros and cons of each option takes time, space, and support. Everyone will have an opinion on what to do, and making a decision about your pregnancy can be both emotional and stressful. You might feel lonely and want to deal with your thoughts and feelings with someone who won't judge you and who will be objective. You don't have to go through this alone.


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