Making Choices: Options for Pregnant Women

When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, there are some questions you should consider before making a decision. Decision-making involves looking at the many options and aspects of a particular situation, examining the positive and negative points of each one, and selecting the one that seems right for you. Sometimes your decisions will have to be based not on what feels best, but what feels the least bad. You do have a choice, so check out your feelings, your values, your future goals, and give it a lot of thought.

Questions to Consider

Here are some questions we think may help you in making this very important decision.

  • Who can help me make this decision?
  • How will my partner be involved in making my decision?
  • Can I count on support (emotional and financial) from my partner, friends, or family?
  • Should I marry? Is pregnancy the only reason for this marriage?
  • Am I willing to give a great part of my life to being responsible for a child?
  • How will my decision affect my relationship with my partner, friends, and family?
  • How will a child affect my education or career plans?
  • What immediate effects will my decision have on my life in the next six months?
  • What will my life be like in five years? Ten years?

Your Choices

  • Marriage and parenthood
  • Single parenthood
  • Adoption
  • Foster care
  • Abortion


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