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Moving Through Your Pregnancy Concernsby Pregnancy Care Center on March 26, 2019
One of the most common things we see in women who come to our center is concern. They are concerned that their lives will be derailed by pregnancy, that their loved ones and friends won’t accept them, or that they’ll be a bad parent. More than anything, these women are worried about the unknown. It’s vital to get past these feelings of concern before you make any decisions or choices about your pregnancy. Keep reading for a few tips on how to do this, then call Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass at (541) 479-6264 to schedule your free consultation and get answers to all of your questions.
How to Work Through Pregnancy Concerns
Step 1: Relax
Whether you just found out you’re pregnant or you’ve been trying to process your concerns for days or weeks, the first step to getting past it is always the same: Relax. Take a deep breath and mentally “step back” from the situation. Yes, if you’re pregnant, it will bring some changes to your life, but being anxious about the situation won’t change anything. Realizing this, and working to shift your focus away from your anxieties, is the first step to working through it.
Anxiety and concern are perfectly normal and natural responses to an unexpected pregnancy. The most important thing to realize is that you’re not alone. At Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass, our compassionate staff is here for you, ready to process with you and provide you with the support you need.
Step 2: Get the Facts
It’s natural to be anxious when you don’t know what to expect from pregnancy or what your options are. One of the best ways to help lower your pregnancy fears is to be well informed. If you haven’t yet done so, get a free pregnancy test to verify your pregnancy. At Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass, we offer free lab-grade pregnancy testing with 99% accuracy.
Read up on the facts and information about pregnancy and your options. For instance, you can read about fetal development. If you are considering abortion, you may want to learn about the various abortion procedures and understand the risks associated with each. You may also want to learn about the realities of creating an adoption plan for your child. Not sure where to start? Come and talk to a member of our staff. They can help you understand more about each option and will answer any questions you may have.
Step 3: Take Care of Yourself
Even when you’re anxious of the next steps in your pregnancy, it’s very important to take care of yourself and the baby growing inside you. If you have not yet had your pregnancy confirmed by a doctor, our center offers a free ultrasound by registered nurses to medically confirm your pregnancy, provide estimated conception and due dates, detect fetal heart motion, and more. This is an important step before making any major decisions about your pregnancy. Making healthier food choices and getting adequate sleep at night will also help you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. PCC can provide an array of resources tailored to your situation at your first visit.
Step 4: Make a Plan
We often experience fear when we think we’re not in control of our situation. It’s easy to feel out of control when you’re pregnant but there are ways to bring that feeling of control back too. One of the best ways is to make a pregnancy and/or birthing plan. Write down details about your pregnancy so far, and the questions you still have. If you were to carry to term, what additional support or resources would you need? What about your relationship with the baby’s father? Is it strong? What could you do to improve it or bring more clarity to the relationship? If you don’t feel ready for a child, is adoption an option either of you would consider? Making a plan can help you feel more in control of what happens to you each step along the way.
Step 5: Talk to Someone
Pregnancy isn’t always difficult, but it is certainly much harder when you’re alone. It’s also difficult if you are in an unhealthy relationship. If you feel like you’re struggling with your pregnancy, find someone to talk to and get support from. This could be a family member, a close friend, or even a Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass staff member. The key is to find somewhere that allows you to express your concerns without judgement or negativity. With our Pathways program, we offer a safe place to come and receive the support and education on your pregnancy that you need. This program is free to everyone, whether you are a client or not. Give us a call at (541) 479-6264 for more information.
Get Support, Guidance, and More
If you’re pregnant and not sure what to do next, we can help. Pregnancy Care Center of Grants Pass is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women make healthy and informed choices for themselves and their babies. Call us today at (541) 479-6264 or visit us online to schedule your appointment and learn more about our free, confidential services.