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Pregnancy is a big event in a woman’s life. While many women want to have children at some point, they generally want to have children when they are ready and best able to care for them. But millions of women face pregnancies that are not planned every year. In fact, half of all pregnancies in the United States are not planned.
I think I’m pregnant. What do I do?
If you think you may be pregnant, the first step is to take a pregnancy test.
If your pregnancy test is negative and you are NOT pregnant, your health care provider can talk with you about what steps you should take next. They may talk with you about different birth control choices. Besides not having sex, a good birth control method is the best way to lower the chance of getting pregnant, and our medical professionals are here to help.
If your pregnancy test is positive and you ARE pregnant, you have three options to think about — abortion, adoption, and parenting. Your Planned Parenthood health care provider can give you information to help you make your own decision about what to do next.
Only you can decide which choice is right for you, but women often find it helpful to talk about their options with someone else. You may choose to talk with your partner or a trusted family member or friend. Pick someone you think will be supportive. It’s important to remember that you decide who will help you make the right choice.
It may help to think about the benefits and risks of each option. Every woman’s situation is different, and only you can choose what is best for you. So think about what is most important to you. Think over your feelings and values about raising a child, and what you want for your life and for your family or future family.
If you choose to continue the pregnancy, you should start prenatal care right away. Make an appointment for a medical exam early in your pregnancy, quit tobacco and alcohol use, eat healthy foods, and have checkups during your pregnancy to make sure that you are healthy and the pregnancy is normal.
Planned Parenthood can help with:
- Check-ups once or more each month during your pregnancy.
- Tests to check your health and to make sure your pregnancy is normal.
- Advice on healthy eating.
- Information about where to get financial help, health insurance, breast feeding assistance, and food assistance programs, such as those offered by Planned Parenthood WIC (Women, Infants, and Children).
Planned Parenthood can help you find support services that help with pregnancy and parenting.
If you don’t feel ready to raise a child and you don’t want to have an abortion, adoption is one choice to think about. You continue your pregnancy, give birth, and then give the child to a couple or individual who wants to adopt the infant.
Adoption can be set up through a public or private agency and they may help you with any costs. For more information, click here.
If you are thinking about adoption, it’s very important to get prenatal care during the pregnancy and take care of yourself to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy.
If you are thinking about ending the pregnancy, you should make your choice as soon as possible. Abortion is safe, and problems are rare — but there is more risk to your health the longer the pregnancy goes on.
Every woman’s situation is different, and only you can decide what is best in your case. If you’re trying to decide if abortion is the right option for you, you may find it helpful to list the advantages and disadvantages of having an abortion. Consider how you feel and what you think about abortion, what you want for your life and for your family or future family.
If you think that abortion is the best choice for you, Planned Parenthood offers the abortion pill (medication abortion) or in-center abortions. Planned Parenthood’s experienced and non-judgmental health care providers can talk with you about both of these choices. Learn more here.
If you have questions or need counseling, education resources, or referrals, please call us at 714.922.4100 (Orange County) or 909.890.5511 (San Bernardino County).
The Safely Surrendered Baby Law provides a safe choice for mothers who cannot or do not want to keep their new babies. The law lets parents or legal guardians leave a newborn within 72 hours of birth — no questions asked and without getting in legal trouble — at a public or private hospital, some fire stations, or other safe surrender sites. For more information, contact 877.BABY.SAF (877.222.9723) or visit babysafe.ca.gov.
Planned Parenthood WIC offers resources for pregnant women who qualify. Learn more at getwic.org.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties to further discuss your options, please call:
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