08 Mar Unplanned Pregnancy Options
Unplanned Pregnancy Options
Getting pregnant by accident can come as a shock, but unintended pregnancies are more common than you might think. In fact, approximately 45% of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended pregnancies. This simply means that these were accidental or unexpected pregnancies; 27% of pregnancies are deemed “mistimed,” which means that a woman did not want to become pregnant at that time; and approximately 18% of pregnancies are considered unwanted.
If You Are Considering Parenting
Even if you initially got pregnant accidentally, you may decide that you are ready and excited to raise this child. Only you are qualified to make this decision about your unintended pregnancy. However, here are some factors to consider:
- Can you afford to raise a baby right now?
- Will the father of your child be present to help you raise him or her?
- Can you provide the kind of life you want for your child right now?
- Do you want to become a mother now — or ever?
If you are unexpectedly pregnant and decide you are ready and excited to parent your baby, that may be all you need to make your decision. But, if not, there is absolutely no shame in not feeling ready to parent when faced with an unintentional pregnancy.
Getting pregnant by accident can be scary and overwhelming — but you do not have to sort these feelings on your own. As you research your options, Cradle of Hope is available to offer unplanned pregnancy counseling and information. We’re dedicated to assisting you in making the right choice for you, whether or not that choice ends up being adoption. An unplanned or undesired pregnancy, while surprising, is not the end of the world, and there are plenty of options for you to consider.