“The condom we were using broke and I just found out four days ago that I’m pregnant. We are talking about options – keeping the baby, adoption . . . abortion. It’s good to know that I have a choice.” – Jessica H.
You have options. We can help.
Pregnancy is a big event in a person’s life. Many people want to have children at some point. But many prefer to wait until they are ready and able.
Each year, millions of people get pregnant without planning to be. In fact, half of all pregnancies in the United States are not planned.
I may be pregnant. What should I do?
If you think you may be pregnant, the first step is to take a pregnancy test. You can do that with an at-home pregnancy test or you can go to a Planned Parenthood health center.
- If your pregnancy test is negative, that means you are not pregnant. This is a good time to think about your options for birth control. Birth control can lower your chance of getting pregnant. Our health care providers are here to help.
- It may also be too early to tell if you are pregnant. Pregnancy tests are most accurate when you take them after you’ve already missed your period. Take a pregnancy test 3 weeks after sex for the most accurate results.
- If the test is positive, that means you are pregnant. You have 3 options to think about — parenting, adoption, or abortion.
Learn about your options
Learn all you can about each option. This webpage is a good starting point. Your provider can give you facts to help you make the best choice for you.
Talk it over
Only you can decide which choice is right for you. But you may find it helpful to discuss your options with someone else. Pick someone you trust and who will support you. You may want to talk with your partner, a family member, or a friend. You can also talk with your health care provider.
Think it over
Weigh the pros and cons of each option. Think about your feelings and values. Also think about what you want for your life and for your family.
If you choose to stay pregnant
If you choose to stay pregnant, be sure to get good prenatal care. That means taking care of yourself and your pregnancy:
- Visit a health care provider as soon as you can.
- Get one or more checkups each month.
- Get tests to check your health and your pregnancy.
- Don’t drink alcohol or smoke.
- Eat healthy foods.
We can tell you where to get help with money, health insurance, breastfeeding, and food. We can also help you find pregnancy and parenting support. Learn more here.
If you don’t feel ready to raise a child and don’t want to have an abortion, you may want to think about adoption. That means you give your child to another person or a couple. Adoption can be set up through a public or private agency. The agency may help you with your costs. Adoption resources can be found in our Community Resource Guide.
Planned Parenthood WIC offers support for pregnant women who qualify. Learn more at GetWIC.org.
If you choose to end your pregnancy
If you decide to have an abortion, get it as soon as you can. Abortion is safe, and problems are rare. But the sooner you get it, the less likely you are to have problems.
We offer 2 ways to end a pregnancy: a medication abortion (also called “abortion pill”) or an in-health center abortion. Our skilled health care providers can talk with you about these choices without judgement. Learn more here.
The Safely Surrendered Baby Law offers a safe option 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 at certain places (such as hospitals and some fire stations). The person leaving the baby will face no questions or legal problems. To learn more, call (877) BABY-SAF. (877) 222-9723). Or go to babysafe.ca.gov.
Planned Parenthood WIC offers resources for pregnant women who qualify. Learn more at GetWIC.org.
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