Finding out you’re pregnant when you’re not expecting it can be a shock. You might be scared, confused, or excited. However, there are always a few things you need to do when you find out you’re pregnant. At the Community Pregnancy Center in Prescott, AZ, we’re here to support you. Keep reading for the steps you need to take first, and then give us a call at (928) 778-7654 or request an appointment online.
1. Don’t Panic
The first and biggest piece of advice is simply not to panic or stress out. Of course being pregnant is a big deal, but you need to stay calm and collected to handle it. Panicking will only make it harder for you to deal with the situation.
2. Get A Pregnancy Test & Ultrasound
If you have only taken a home pregnancy test, your next step should be to get tested by a third party and to schedule an ultrasound for verification. At our clinic we provide free pregnancy testing and free verification ultrasounds to help you know for sure whether you’re pregnant and to tell you how far along you are.
3. Don’t Deny Your Feelings
When you become pregnant, you shouldn’t be afraid of your emotions. Allow yourself to feel and express whatever you’re feeling. Whether those feelings are fear, disappointment, anticipation, confusion, or excitement, you can’t deny them. Holding them in and bottling them up will only make you feel worse.
4. Tell the People You Trust
During early pregnancy, you should only tell the people whom you know will care for you and support you. Many early pregnancies end in miscarriage, and you may be considering different pregnancy options including adoption placement or abortion. That’s why it’s important not to tell people who will tell others, or who will immediately start pinning hopes and expectations on you. Instead, look for support from your trusted friends and family, and don’t feel bad for keeping it from anyone else.
5. Understand Your Options
If you weren’t planning to become pregnant, you have several options for what to do next. You can become a parent and care for your baby yourself. You can become a birth mother and start looking for an adoptive family. You can consider abortion. Each of these options has its advantages and disadvantages, and only you can decide which one is right for you. At the Community Pregnancy Center, our compassionate volunteer staff can help you learn more about each option and which one is the best for your situation when you come in for an appointment.
6. Get Help
It’s common for women facing an unplanned pregnancy to feel trapped or like they don’t have any options. We can help. Contact the Community Pregnancy Center today at (928) 778-7654 or visit our website to learn about the options available to you, get free pregnancy resources and help, and talk to someone who will listen without judgment.