Avenue Women’s Center Blog
“I Don’t Want to Be a Single Parent”
How we grow up often teaches what we want and don’t want in our own lives. Maybe we look up to our parents and loved ones, aspiring to be as hard working and driven as they were in raising us. Perhaps we learn from their challenges or struggles and strive for the opposite in ourselves. Whatever the circumstances, how we grow up can shape important decisions we face later on. For some, the important decision might be facing an unexpected pregnancy, and their upbringing is a major factor in the options they’re considering.
Everyone’s Pregnancy Story Is Different
Whenever my family gathers for a dinner or a celebration together, there is inevitably lots of good-natured teasing, joking around, and hilarious storytelling. It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 years old or 50, everyone is welcome to tell a laughter-inducing tale. A story shared could be full of embarrassing moments or comical misfortunes. But sometimes we have more serious stories, with twists and turns through tough times. These stories tend to be more difficult to tell, if we even share them at all. It can be hard to face a challenging story with our loved ones or within ourselves. What if your story is an unexpected pregnancy? Do you share your story with others? How do face your pregnancy decision?
Uncertain about Abortion
Uncertainty is one of those uncomfortable emotions that almost no one enjoys experiencing. It confuses our thoughts, fills us with doubt, and makes us worry about what’s to come. Uncertainty can be especially troubling if you’re facing a pregnancy decision and unsure about your options. You might be uncertain about abortion, adoption, or parenting, and looking for help as you try to decide.
Friend or Foe? Emotions and a Pregnancy Decision
The tears rolled down my face. I thought she was my friend. How could she say those lies about me? Many of us have unfortunately experienced something similar. We begin questioning who else might be a potential foe, and who is a true friend. When emotions run high in a situation, how do we know if we can trust them? What if the situation is an unexpected pregnancy, with emotions running in all different directions? Which direction do you follow forward in your decision?
Seeking Help When Facing a Pregnancy Decision
Decisions, decisions, decisions … life is full of them. Some are easy to make—“yes, I’d like that cookie,” or “no, I’ll take some fruit instead.” Others are more challenging and not so simple to decide upon. Whether we’re facing an easy or difficult choice, we all have our own ways of making decisions. And how we approach a simple decision can be vastly different from a more serious one. What gets you through a tough decision? And what if the decision is how to handle an unexpected pregnancy? Are you seeking help to face a pregnancy decision?