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Considering Abortion Even Though I Struggled With One in the Past

Imagine you’ve written a profound secret on a scrap of parchment. Now, picture folding the paper into a glass bottle, popping the corkscrew closed with a pop, and then tossing the sealed message into the ocean. This is what it may feel like to hide a piece of your past, watching the bottle bob and drift off into the sea, willing it to just float away. Never to be rediscovered again until centuries later, or preferably, never. But suppose an unforeseen tide carries your glass bottle to shore, an ocean gyre having aided in its travel back to you.

Feeling Unprepared for a Pregnancy

All sorts of feelings may have gone through you as you stared numbly at a positive sign on a pregnancy test. It may be the case that this pregnancy is not something you expected, and as you let the results sink in, a sudden wave of thoughts may have hit you. What I am going to do? How can I be pregnant right now? Who can I talk to about my unexpected pregnancy? While you may be aware that you have a decision to make, thinking about your pregnancy options can seem overwhelming. Processing new information regarding an unexpected event in your life is not always easy. But giving yourself time to breathe may help you to think objectively about your options, and guide you towards making an informed choice about your unexpected pregnancy.

What Are the Benefits of Having an Ultrasound Exam for an Unexpected Pregnancy?

An unexpected pregnancy can alter your day-to-day life. You may have begun to experience some symptoms, such as nausea or fatigue, and on top of the physical changes, you may be feeling stressed about the thought of making an unexpected pregnancy decision. While the digital world has made information readily available, accessing the right information about your pregnancy options can be difficult. But there is something that you can’t access from an online resource, and that is relevant information about your pregnancy’s gestational age and risks of early pregnancy. An ultrasound can supply you with the tools needed to take the next step in your pregnancy decision.

Deciding Between Abortion and Adoption

Perhaps you’ve decided parenting is not the unexpected pregnancy decision you want to move forward with. This leaves you with two choices – adoption and abortion – but despite eliminating one of your options, maybe you’re still feeling uncertain. This is perfectly okay, as now you can focus on the two pregnancy decisions you’re leaning towards, and further reflection and research may help with making a choice.

Facing an Unexpected Pregnancy Decision for a Second Time

Contrary to popular belief, an unexpected pregnancy is not an experience that is limited to women who have never been pregnant before. If you have previously made a decision about your pregnancy, then you may have a bit of an advantage, as you may already be aware of your choices. Understandably, there can be a lot of emotions involved with sorting through your feelings about an unexpected pregnancy. Coming to terms with an unforeseen situation can be stressful, but resources are still available to you to assist you in taking the first steps towards making an unexpected pregnancy decision.