An unexpected pregnancy can leave anyone reeling. You may feel like you need to figure out the next several years of your life in a moment.
We understand – simply putting one foot in front of the other may seem impossible, but you are not in this alone. The team at Women’s Choice Resource Center is here to help! In this blog post, we’ll walk through what to do when you first find out you’re pregnant.
Find a Support System
Sometimes, talking things out with people you trust makes all the difference in the world. In this fragile time, surround yourself with people who are willing to listen, help, and offer practical advice.
If you’re not sure who to turn to, speak with an advocate at Women’s Choice Resource Center! We offer a safe, non-judgmental environment to sort through your emotions and explore your pregnancy options. All services are free of charge!
Confirm Your Pregnancy
Even if you’ve already done an over-the-counter pregnancy test, we recommend taking a lab-quality test so you can be certain that you’re pregnant. After that, you will need an ultrasound to determine if your pregnancy is viable – meaning, if you are likely to carry to term.
If you’re considering abortion, keep in mind that the SB 8 Bill prohibits it if a heartbeat is detected. However, an abortion is not needed in the event of a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy – both of which can be confirmed by an ultrasound.
Explore Your Options
Weighing your options can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone! Our supportive team is dedicated to providing you with the resources needed to make the most informed decision regarding your unplanned pregnancy. Our clinic is a safe place where you can explore all your options:
- Abortion. While Women’s Choice Resource Center does not provide or refer for abortions, we do provide free pre-abortion screenings, so you can get all the facts, as well as the necessary pregnancy test, ultrasound, and STI/STD referral.
- Adoption. We would be happy to connect you with our adoption partners. They will answer your questions, educate you on your rights as the birth parent, and help you create an adoption plan on your terms.
- Parenting. The idea of parenting may feel overwhelming, but you aren’t in this alone. We can connect you with community resources that will help you prepare for parenthood with confidence!
Make an Appointment with Your Doctor
Every pregnant woman needs (and deserves) proper medical care to keep her health in check! Most women meet with their doctor a month after their first missed period and positive pregnancy test.
Note that if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, or are experiencing bleeding or pain, you should meet with your doctor sooner. If you are experiencing an ectopic pregnancy, contact your doctor immediately to receive treatment.
Remember: You’re Not Alone
You don’t have to face this alone. Get the care and support you deserve at Women’s Choice Resource Center! You can schedule your free appointment online, or give us a call at 817-736-1905