When you learn you’re pregnant, sharing your decision could eventually cross your mind. It can be challenging to juggle the shock of an unplanned pregnancy with the uncertainty of your partner’s reaction.
Remember that this is your pregnancy decision. However, sharing your thoughts with them may be wise if you have a good relationship. Clear communication can help you process your options and determine the support you’ll receive.
Interested in Sharing the News?
If your partner already knows about your pregnancy, consider their initial reaction. Did they need time to process the news, or was their response scary?
Know that your safety is paramount if your partner is abusive. The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 support and can help you find needed resources.
Should you share your pregnancy decision, do your best to listen to your partner’s thoughts. They may bring new ideas to the table that you haven’t considered. For example, they might be more interested in parenting than you expected.
An unplanned pregnancy is stressful for all involved. Choose a setting and time when your partner can actively listen. You can’t take their reaction personally. They may need space to process this new information.
If your partner wishes to offer input and you feel comfortable, you could attend options information appointments together. There, you’ll weigh the pros and cons of each option to ensure you’re making an informed decision.
Before a pregnancy decision, including abortion, you should receive an obstetric ultrasound. This scan protects your health by verifying your pregnancy’s viability (if it’s growing with a detectable heartbeat), gestational age (how long you have been pregnant), and location. It will also detect conditions like miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, the latter of which requires emergency medical treatment.
Armed with the facts about your health and options, you can move forward confidently.
Free, Confidential Help
Options Women’s Care Center provides services, including free ultrasounds and accurate options information to women with unplanned pregnancies. We do not offer or refer for abortions, but we supply factual information on abortion procedures.
Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment. We’re here for you.