What are the options available to me?
Before making a decision regarding your unplanned pregnancy, please consider all your options…
You only have 9 months to consider all your options and should one of those options be the termination of your pregnancy, you will have to make this decision within the first 3 months of your pregnancy. Even though you may feel overwhelmed, there are many options to be considered.
There is no right or wrong answer, only the one that seems like the best option for you and your child. The decision will not be easy and will be one of the most difficult and important decisions you will have to make in your life.
The options available to you include:
- Abandonment (illegal option)
An unplanned pregnancy is a difficult situation to handle alone. At some point you will want to talk to someone in order to share your feelings and get help with the decision-making process. Most girls will start by telling their boyfriend. Telling your parents is never easy and many girls will require help to do this. Telling sisters and friends can help to share the problem but may not lead to constructive help. Telling a clinic sister or social worker attached to an antenatal clinic or hospital, a teacher, minister of religion or contacting a helpline, could lead to a referral to a professional who specialises in the counseling and support of mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy. These counselors will help you to explore all the options and help you to reach a realistic decision for both yourself and the baby.