So, you recently found out you’re pregnant? You may be scared, feeling all sorts of emotions, or maybe you don’t know how to feel. First off, take a deep breath. It’s totally normal to be emotional. This may not be how you envisioned finding out you were pregnant. It may not appear to be the best situation at first. It’s natural to feel uncertain and scared. It’s also natural to not have your mind immediately made up on what you want to do next.
Remember, everything will be okay, even if it doesn’t seem like it will be right now. The news of pregnancy is often scary and difficult to process for many women. You have received life-changing news, so give yourself time to process it.
Take another deep breath. It’s time to process the news in a healthy way. Start off by telling someone you trust if you haven’t already. Getting it off your chest typically makes you feel a lot better, and the response is a lot less intimidating than you imagined it to be. Recognize that birth is normal, and most people are far more accepting than you will expect them to be, no matter what your situation is.
Don’t forget; you are not alone. Many women have been in a similar situation before you, and many will be after you.
Sit with the person you trust, and tell them how you’re feeling, why you’re scared, and any other concerns you may have. There is also additional support here to help you work through your emotions, process the news, and educate yourself on your options. At Texas Adoption Center, our experts are trained to counsel pregnant women through their options of deciding on adoption or parenting the baby.
While people are far more accepting these days, there still may be some negativity around an unexpected pregnancy, especially from some individuals. Just remember, you are not alone and are most certainly not the first or last person to unexpectedly get pregnant. Some people don’t know how to process change or unexpected news, so try not to let anyone with a negative reaction bring you down or make you feel unworthy of support.
Know Your Options
You’re pregnant and scared, and while you might feel pressured to quickly decide on what to do, take your time to make the choice that’s best for you. It’s an important decision, so make sure you are informed of all of your options. This is your decision, so don’t feel pressured by anyone else. However, there are resources to help you during this time whenever you need support.
One option is to continue with your pregnancy and choose parenthood. If you’re not ready for the responsibilities that come with parenting a child, you can choose to continue with your pregnancy and place the baby for adoption. No choice is better or worse than another, but these decisions can be difficult to make for some and straightforward for others. Regardless of your final decision, it should be completely your choice based on your circumstances and needs.
Listen To Your Instincts
Once you are informed of your options, listen to your emotions. What’s the voice inside of your head telling you to do? Talk to the people in your life that you trust or are closest to when making this decision. Additionally, utilize the free support offered to women in your position. Discuss your situation with your doctor or nurse, or find a health clinic or resource center.
You’re pregnant and scared, but your life is far from over. Whatever decision you make will be the right one, so know you are doing the right thing by educating yourself on your options and making an informed decision.
Make Peace With Your Decision
Change is difficult, especially if you’re uncertain whether the choice you are making will be the right one. Accept your fears and uncertainty. There’s no perfect answer or right choice, and it is important to know this. An educated decision that you stand behind is the closest to the “right” one you are going to get. Always seek support through family, friends, or trained professionals when you need it. There are many people and resources there to help you, so don’t be afraid to use them.
You may be pregnant and scared, but there are supportive people everywhere that will help you, no matter what you decide to do. You are facing a rollercoaster of emotions, and it may be hard to manage everything you are feeling. This is an important decision and a life-changing event.
However, there is plenty of hope, no matter what your circumstances are. You can and will come to terms with the reality of your situation, and life will go on no matter what you decide to do. Most importantly, know you are not alone. There are licensed professionals, support groups, and other resources like the Texas Adoption Center here to help you.
Contact us today for more information about your options.