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If you are pregnant unexpectedly then it is important to be aware of all your options, including continuing with the pregnancy or having a termination. Deciding what to do about an unplanned pregnancy is very personal process. Although we can provide support to help you, the ultimate decision will be up to you.
The best way to find out more about your options when you’re pregnant is to arrange a consultation at an abortion clinic. Many people assume that the advice you’ll get at an abortion clinic is biased, but you’ll actually be encouraged to consider all of your options. The doctor will ensure that you have all the information you need to make your decision, without pressuring you to make any particular choice. You can also find more information about your options online or talk to your friends and family about the pregnancy.
If you’re pregnant then there are three options to choose from, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages. You should take some time to consider how each of these choices would affect you now and in the future.
1. Keeping the Baby
You could continue with the pregnancy and raise the child yourself. Becoming a parent is a huge decision that will affect every area of your life, but for many people it can be a very rewarding and worthwhile experience.
If you want to continue with the pregnancy but you aren’t in a position to raise a child yourself, then you could arrange for the baby to be fostered or adopted through social services. Fostering can be a temporary or long-term arrangement, while adoption means that you give up all parental rights and responsibilities. Giving up the baby will enable you to continue with your education, career and current lifestyle. However, it can be difficult to give up a baby you have given birth to.
3. Pregnancy Termination
You can decide to end the pregnancy. It is possible to have a medical abortion up to 9 weeks or a surgical pregnancy termination up to 19 weeks. Pregnancy termination is a very safe and straightforward medical procedure. It will have the least impact on your physical health and lifestyle, but it can still have a significant emotional impact for some women.
It’s important to remember that there can be physical, emotional, social and financial effects for each of these three choices and that every woman is different. What is right for someone else isn’t necessarily the best option for you. It can help to listen to other people’s advice, but the final decision should be based on your own needs and feelings.