When you learn of an unplanned pregnancy, you may feel a complex mix of emotions: fear, confusion, and anxiety are common responses. You might have thoughts like, “I don’t want to be pregnant,” or, “I don’t want to have a baby.” These are all natural reactions to an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy, and there is help available to you with Adoption Choices of Florida.
If you are pregnant and don’t want to be, or if you feel that you are not ready to be a parent, there are many professionals and resources who can help you understand your unplanned pregnancy options.
Here are some steps you can take when learning of an unexpected pregnancy:
1. Confirm that you are pregnant.
The first step for any woman facing an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy is to make an appointment with a doctor or clinic. Your doctor can confirm that you are pregnant and tell you how far along you are in your pregnancy. Your doctor can give you some advice to help keep you and the baby healthy. He or she might suggest:
- Starting prnatal vitamins
- Avoiding alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and other substances
- Beginning pre-natal care
- Keeping active
- Maintaining a healthy diet
Your doctor may also be able to provide information about your options for unplanned pregnancy. He or she can talk to you about next steps and point you toward additional resources and professionals who can help.
2. Get the support you need.
Facing an unplanned pregnancy can be emotionally overwhelming; especially if you do it alone. You may want to confide in a close friend or family member about your unplanned pregnancy, or reach out to a professional to get the emotional support you need.
Regardless of how you choose to move forward with your unintended pregnancy, you will need to build a support system of friends, family and professionals to lean on. Adoption Choices offers free, confidential counseling services to any woman considering her unplanned or unwanted pregnancy options. You can reach out to one of our licensed social workers at any time, with no obligation to proceed with an adoption plan.
3. Explore your options.
When you become aware of an unexpected pregnancy, you may feel overwhelmed by a flood of tough questions: Should I keep my baby? Am I ready to be a parent? What should I do if I’m pregnant and don't want the baby?
While it can be difficult to find the answers to these questions, you are the only person who must decide which of your pregnancy options is truly best in your circumstances: adoption, parenting, or terminating the pregnancy. As you contemplate your options for unwanted pregnancy, it may be helpful to contact Adoption Choices of Florida at 800-985-8108