When most women see their positive pregnancy test, they experience overwhelming emotions. You might be wondering what steps to take after learning you’re pregnant. It is okay to feel scared, lost, anxious, and uncertain of what the future holds. Go ahead and take a deep breath, because even if you are feeling one or all of those things, this is not a life-ending situation. It is life-changing, but not life ending.
Here are six steps you can take after learning you’re pregnant:
1. Confirm your pregnancy
If you took a home pregnancy test and it came out positive, that isn’t enough to confirm your pregnancy by medical standards. An ultrasound, which detects a fetal heartbeat, will confirm your pregnancy and whether it is developing normally. Palm Beach Women’s Clinic can provide you with a no-cost and confidential ultrasound, which you can schedule an appointment for today.
2. Consider your options
Once your pregnancy is confirmed, it’s time to think about the choice you have between abortion, adoption and parenting. Remember that, no matter what choice you make, it will be life-changing because pregnancy is life-changing. Be informed about each option before making your decision. Whether you’re 15 or 25, this is your choice to make, and no one can force you to do something you don’t want to do.
3. Ask for support
Even though it can be terrifying, the most important thing you can do for yourself and your future is telling someone you trust and asking for their help. Whether that’s a teacher, friend, parent, or the staff at Palm Beach Women’s Clinic, support is necessary to help you move past your initial fears and make the decision that is best for you and your pregnancy.
4. Be ready for any complications
There will be struggles and complications no matter which option you choose. If you pick abortion, you may experience emotional side effects. If you choose adoption or parenting, there are post-birth complications to consider both emotionally and physically. By preparing yourself for complications and having a support system behind you, you will get through them.
5. Learn how to overcome stress
There will be emotional, physical and financial stresses surrounding pregnancy. If you aren’t sure where to start preparing for those and learning coping techniques, Palm Beach Women’s Clinic can connect you with resources to help you through that. Stress will be part of the process, but again, with the right support you will be able to overcome it.
6. Know that every path is different
An unplanned pregnancy puts an unexpected twist on your life, but that does not mean your life is over or ruined. You can still have hopes, dreams and aspirations for your future. You will still have and make friends, and the things that matter to you are still important. This pregnancy will change things, but it will not end them. It sets you on a different path.
How to cope with a teen pregnancy begins with an open mind. Yes, there are fears, concerns and uncertainties, but the best way to make the right choice for you is to be open to considering each option fully. If you are currently pregnant, or think you might be, Palm Beach Women’s Clinic can walk alongside you as you confirm your pregnancy and consider your options. Schedule an appointment with us today to get started.