The decision of what to do after finding out about an unplanned pregnancy is not easy. However, there are many options that you can consider. Rushing towards a decision will only lead to more stress and uncertainty. Make sure you know and think about your options and give consideration to this important decision. With this, you will become more confident and certain. You will also be better prepared for the future of what is in store for you and your baby. There are many options to consider such as marriage, single parenting, adoption, and abortion. Make sure you know the positives and negatives surrounding each option.
Marriage can help make parenting easier and bring happiness to a family as you'll have someone by your side to help with all of the responsibilities that come along with children. However, marriage is not easy, and the challenges can make raising a child even more stressful if a couple is unprepared. If you are considering marriage, make sure you and your partner have a solid, loving relationship and that there is open communication and trust between both people.
Single parenting is another option. Children can bring a parent great joy, but sometimes the constant attention/needs of a child can outweigh the happy moments. Parents all face emotional exhaustion, sleepless nights, and financial sacrifices at some point. One person should not have to bear all of these responsibilities by themselves. If you are considering single parenting, make sure that you are not alone in this, and that you have people to provide help and support as the child grows up.
Abortion is another option. This will completely end the pregnancy. Make sure you know all of the physical and emotional side effects and be sure to discuss them with a person you trust. Also make sure to talk to your doctor or a pregnancy resource center for detailed information.
If you choose adoption, you are showing your child courage and sacrificial love. Adoption is not easy. There can be challenges, difficult times, and even grief. However, your action of giving your child a life and choosing parents to raise your child in a loving and supportive environment is one of the bravest, most loving things you can do for your child. In this process, know that you are not alone. Gladney is there to provide step-by-step support for you and your child before and after delivery. You are able to customize your adoption plan, choose the parents that will be adopting your child, and if you desire, keep in touch with your child as they grow.