It can be confusing and overwhelming if you find yourself with an unplanned pregnancy. There are many things to consider, and it can be tough to know what to do next. The most important thing is to get in touch with a local pregnancy center for advice and support. They will be able to help you understand all of your options and make the best decision for you.
Acknowledge How You’re Feeling
Feeling shocked or scared is an entirely normal reaction to an unexpected pregnancy. Journaling during this time can help clear your mind and understand your feelings. Remember that no emotion is abnormal, and allow yourself to take some time to adjust to the news. This is a big change in your life and it might take some time to process what you are feeling.
Make an Appointment
It’s essential to confirm your pregnancy before tying yourself into emotional knots, so making a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible is crucial. At Clearway Clinic, we can confirm your pregnancy with an ultrasound at no cost and offer information and referrals to help you through the next stage of your pregnancy. From financial resources to find an OB, we are here to help support you and your decision around your pregnancy.
Some steps you can take when you find out you are pregnant include:
- Start taking 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid every day. This is important for the health of your baby.
- Stop using alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. These substances can harm your developing baby.
- Ask for help quitting smoking if you smoke cigarettes.
- Find out how to improve your diet and get enough exercise during pregnancy.
Talk With Your Partner
Once you have reached out for professional help, if you feel safe to talk to your partner or family about your pregnancy, you can share the news. It’s always important to have the information and resources you need to stand by whatever decision you make for your pregnancy. If you are not sure how to approach having a conversation about your pregnancy with your family, we have a resource that can help you facilitate a safe and constructive conversation.
Take Care of Yourself — Emotionally and Physically
Taking care of yourself physically and emotionally during an unplanned pregnancy is important. You may be feeling a range of emotions, including shock, sadness, anger, anxiety, and fear. It’s essential to allow yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling and talk to someone who can support you through this time. There are also many physical changes your body will go through during pregnancy, so it’s important to eat healthy foods, get plenty of rest, and exercise regularly.
Reach Out for Support
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or like you can’t handle everything alone, reach out for help from a friend, family member, therapist, or another support system. Reaching out to others who have been in your situation can be a huge help. They can offer advice, support, and understanding you may not find anywhere else. There are many online forums and support groups specifically for women who have had unplanned pregnancies. Searching for these groups is an excellent place to start.
You may also know someone in your personal life who has been through an unplanned pregnancy. Talking to them about their experience can be incredibly helpful. They can offer first-hand advice and support that can be invaluable during this time. If you don’t know anyone who has been through an unplanned pregnancy, many resources are still available to you. Clearway Clinic can be a great place to start. We can provide you with information, support, and referrals to other resources to help you through this time.
Regardless of your choice, it is essential to remember that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you through this difficult time. Reach out to a trusted friend, family member, doctor, or a local support group for more information and advice.