If you were in a complete panic when you or your partner discovered a positive pregnancy test, you're in good company. Seeing those two pink lines or getting the text, "We need to talk," can be shocking, to say the least.
It's frankly normal to freak out when you receive that news. Thoughts of what could be or could have been race through your mind like a hurricane. What are we going to do? Should we have this baby? Should we have an abortion?
Don't make a decision in the middle of your freak-out. Our bodies are physically flooded with emotion and hormones in times of crisis, making it really challenging to think clearly. It feels like your life is at stake, and, to be honest, so is your baby's life. You don't want to make rushed decisions when so meone's life is in the balance.
Here are a few more tips to help you make an informed, empowered decision when your body and mind are freaking out:
Take Your Time.
Give yourself at least a few weeks to adjust to the idea of you or your partner being pregnant. This can clear the fog and help you make a rational decision.
Think about the implications of your future with a baby. It would undoubtedly be a game-changer and challenging at times, but it could also be a fantastic gift to your life and heart. If you had an abortion, think about how you would feel when it was final. And then a week later... a month later... a year later. Many men and women regret the decision and struggle with mental health after abortion.
Do Your Research.
Be informed about abortion. Schedule an appointment with us. Listen to other women's stories. Read our blogs about women who have chosen abortion, parenting, or adoption. Don't take just one person's word for it (even if they're professionals). It is a highly PERSONAL decision that affects you and your baby more than anyone else.