If you think you could be pregnant but you don’t want to be, what do you do? This is never an easy question to answer. When you find yourself in this situation, you need to talk closely with your partner and loved ones, and also consider the possible consequences of each choice you can make. Keep reading to learn more about what your next steps should be, then call Pregnancy & Fatherhood Solutions at 915-591-1343 to schedule a free appointment at one of our two centers in El Paso, Texas.
When You Think You’re Pregnant
If you haven’t taken a pregnancy test, that should be your first step. If cost is a barrier, you can get free, lab-grade pregnancy testing done here at one of our centers. This helps you get access to resources and find answers sooner rather than later.
Once you have taken a pregnancy test, you should also get an ultrasound to ensure your pregnancy is viable. This is an important step even when you don’t want to be pregnant. Pregnancy ultrasounds are the best way of determining if there is a fetal heartbeat, if the pregnancy is in the uterus, and how far along you are. We offer free limited ultrasounds at our centers for any woman who meets our protocol.
What to Do Next
After you’ve found out you’re really pregnant, you have several options to consider. Each has their upsides and downsides, so you’ll want to think carefully about them all.
- First, you can consider abortion. This might be the first thought in your mind, but it’s not as easy as some make it out to be. Abortion procedures can be expensive and painful, and many women are left with lasting grief after going through with one.
- You can also think about making an adoption plan. While this does mean going through with the pregnancy, women can receive generous financial help from the adoptive family, including medical and living expenses. You can also arrange for the adoption to be as open or as closed as you wish, so you can choose the level of contact you’re comfortable with.
- Finally, you can consider keeping the baby and parenting yourself. While this might sound inconceivable now, you might be surprised to find out how capable you are to handle raising a child. Many women have children young and go on to have full, successful, and happy lives.
Along with considering your pregnancy options, you should also start an open dialog with the people you trust, such as your partner, your family, your close friends, or your doctor. This will help you get answers to your questions, different perspectives on your problems, and support for your choices and decisions. Discuss how you feel about all your pregnancy options and which one you think might be right for you.
And remember, don’t feel guilty about your feelings. It’s natural to be scared or hesitant about pregnancy, especially when you weren’t expecting it to happen yet. But when you talk about it with your family and friends and consider your options, you’ll find a path forward. It’s only by acknowledging your feelings that you’ll work through them and arrive at the right choice.
Contact Us Today
For free pregnancy help and resources, call Pregnancy & Fatherhood Solutions in El Paso, Texas at 915-591-1343, text 915-249-1344, or schedule an appointment online today. Our centers offer a range of resources, including free pregnancy testing, free limited ultrasounds, free STD screenings, and more. All services are free and confidential.