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Facing Pregnancy Alone

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Facing pregnancy alone can be an overwhelming experience even for the strongest women. There are so many things for a pregnant woman to deal with, from choosing between her pregnancy options to telling her family and friends about her situation. Once the initial shock of your pregnancy wears off, making a plan for your pregnancy can be helpful. The following tips will help you navigate life when you are single and pregnant.

Seek Support and Advice

You may think that you are facing your pregnancy alone but chances are that you are not as alone as you think you are. Even if the father of your baby is no longer in your life, you can still find people to support you. Friends and family are your best resource for having a support system when you are single and pregnant. That said, there are many different support groups and programs where you can seek the support of others.

It is important to have a support system when you are facing an unplanned pregnancy alone. You will need to evaluate your options and make important decisions that will change your life. Having a confidante to listen to you, offer you advice and emotionally support you through may be crucial to your well-being.

Evaluate your Pregnancy Options

Just because you are single and pregnant does not mean any decisions are automatically made for you. You still have just as many options as any other pregnant woman. Essentially, women facing an unplanned pregnancy have three options: they can keep their baby, place their baby up for adoption or terminate their pregnancy.

When you are evaluating your pregnancy options there are many things you need to consider. You need to decide whether or not you want to keep and parent your baby. You need to figure out how you would support your baby financially, emotionally and physically if you keep the child. You may also need to determine how you feel about adoption and what type of adoption would work best for you should that be your choice. Finally, you may consider terminating your pregnancy, and in this case you need to evaluate how you feel about this scenario.

Collect and Evaluate Resources

Women who are facing pregnancy alone have many resources they can use to their advantage. First thing first: when you are considering your pregnancy options, the Internet is a valuable resource for finding information about each of the choices you are considering. Not only can you find medical information, but you can find adoption resources, social service programs, and even support groups all with the click of a mouse.

It is also important for you to find community resources when you are single and pregnant. There are many places you can turn to find local resources to help you when you are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Your doctor, your church or place of worship, your local government, your school and phone book are all among the people and places you can turn for help when you are facing a pregnancy alone.

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