An unplanned pregnancy can come as a big shock. Sometimes it is a pleasant surprise, but at other times it can be incredibly difficult.
The first thing to do is to take a home pregnancy test, if you haven’t already. There is no point in worrying about an unplanned pregnancy until you are sure about it. The next thing you will want to do is probably to take some time to think. It might take a few days for the news to sink in, and you may experience shock, excitement, depression, anxiety, confusion, or a wide range of changing emotions. You will then need to take some time to consider what you want to do. You may want to talk to your partner or someone else about it too. Consider how you feel about having a baby at this time in your life. Think about the practicalities, including the cost, the impact on your career, and your relationships. You should then seek expert advice on unplanned pregnancy, so you can consider all of your choices.
Seeing a doctor about an unplanned pregnancy is a good idea when you need advice. The doctor will be able to confirm and date the pregnancy, which will help clarify your options. Even when you are visiting a doctor at a family planning or abortion clinic, there will be no pressure to choose any particular option over another. You will get advice on keeping the baby, adoption, and abortion.
Other people can also help when you need advice on an unplanned pregnancy. You might want to talk to your partner, a friend, or a relative. You could also see a counselor or look for a local or online family planning organization or support group, such as the FPA. The important thing is to get all the information and support you need to feel confident you are making the right decision, whatever that turns out to be.
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