Considering your Unexpected Pregnancy Options A Guide
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The First Step
You may have just found out that you are unexpectedly pregnant – it is only natural that there would be so many thoughts and feelings swirling round your mind. You may be shocked, confused, scared, feeling alone… You may not know what to do or who to turn to.
We are here to let you know that no matter what stage of decision making you are in we can provide you with care and support.
The following options information guide is designed to help you work things through, and to ensure you find the space to consider your thoughts, feelings, and needs. This is a time for you to tap into your body-mind-spirit and explore what is happening for you now, and what might happen for you in the future. We have included a worksheet for you to write down your notes as you do so (Please click HERE to download our accompanying worksheet)
You do not need to do this alone.
Would you like to talk through your options and concerns with someone who will listen without telling you what to do about your unexpected pregnancy? Or perhaps you would like to find out more specific information about parenting, termination, or adoption? Whatever it is you need right now, we have trained counsellors who will patiently be with you until you are ready to make your next decision.
Our counselling and mentoring services are free and confidential – ph: 1800 090 777 or book online HERE
Making A Decision
Be informed – and it is not just about information.
We suggest that no matter what information you access, it is of most importance that you focus on considering the practical and emotional impact of your choices – on your life and on the lives of those you care about.
What does your support network look like?
One of the most important things to consider at this time is support. Although all relationships have challenges it is important to talk through how you and those you care about may be impacted no matter what decision is made. Support from your family, partner, friends, and social circles is important, however should you be feeling alone it is important to reach out – this is where Priceless can help (view our social support worksheet HERE).
How does this feel now, and how will this feel in the future?
Taking your time to make important decisions can help you to explore and consider all the options. It is important to remember that this decision will effect you in the future – circumstances will change over time and in 5 or 10 years you might look back and wonder about the decision you made – keeping a record of your thoughts and feelings might be of value to you now and in the future (view our time worksheet HERE).
Know your own mind
Thinking things through can often leave us in a scramble of thoughts making us anxious and confused. It might be an important step for you to simply stop, pour yourself a glass of ice water, and take a quiet moment before writing all of your thoughts down. Talking to someone might be an important step to consider.
Tune into your heart
Take the time to check in with your heart – what are the many feelings you are experiencing? Remember, our feelings are a signpost to our needs and/or values. When it comes to making big decisions it can be important to check in with how we are truly feeling – and why. What are your feelings telling you?
Consider your values & beliefs
It is important to remember that this decision is your decision, this means that checking in with your beliefs and values is vital. It is not uncommon for other people to want to influence you in your decisions. Therefore, take your time to get to know your own convictions, what you hold true about the world, and why.