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 quality pregnancy testing done here at our center. 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 safe. 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. If you receive a positive test result at our center, the nurse can discuss with you the possibility of receiving a free ultrasound.
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 important to gather all the information on abortion and the risks and side effects. Abortion is a medical procedure that can be expensive and have lasting physical or emotional effects, so it’s important to know the facts in order to make an informed decision.
- You can also think about making an adoption plan. While this does mean going through with the pregnancy, most women 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 you handle 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 DAZZ at 843-255-3010 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.