I’m pregnant, what do I do now?!

Take your time. If you’re pregnant and it wasn’t planned, take a deep breath and try not to panic. I know easier said than done, but try not to rush into a decision. You can’t change what did happen, but you can carefully consider your next step.

Share the news. Be sure to only share the news with those closest to you, who really need to know, who genuinely care about you and your future. For example; the father of the baby, your parents, your husband, a solid adult mentor who only considers what is in your best interest. You don’t have to process through this alone, but also, telling too many people can make this an even more confusing situation. Be wise when selecting who you share the news with. In addition to whom, how is also a question to process through. Sharing the news in person is probably the best-case scenario. Is it wise to be alone with this person, where should you share the news, is public better than private?

Reactions vs Responses. You might think you know this person really well. Be prepared, their response might be completely different then you anticipated. Give them time, remind them this is difficult for you and your number one need right now is their support.

Stand Strong. If others are pressuring, remember, this is your decision. A decision that will influence your days to come. You owe it to yourself to process through all the choices and all the facts.

The Women’s Clinic of Atlanta is a safe place for you to carefully consider all of your options and receive free medical care from trained licensed medical professionals.