When you have an unplanned pregnancy, it seems that everyone has an opinion on what you should or shouldn’t do. You’re often swamped with information—and some of it may not be reliable. You may even discover that those who were once your friends now seem cold and distant.
But how you navigate an unplanned pregnancy is up to you. It’s your choice. And Life Line believes in presenting you with a complete overview of your pregnancy options so you can make your own decision. We provide a non-judgmental and compassionate team that is ready to inform you and help you in any way we can.
Once we confirm that you have a healthy pregnancy through our free, lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasound, we’ll be glad to discuss all your pregnancy options. If you have any questions, feel free to ask our nurse. We are here to help.
What Are My Pregnancy Options?
Learn about Abortion
We are here for you. That means regardless of whatever option you choose, we pledge that we will listen to you. If you are considering an abortion, we believe there is some important information you should be aware of, including the possible side effects that can come from the procedure.
But before you continue down the path of any option, it’s important to first have a pregnancy test to confirm that you are pregnant and have an ultrasound to confirm the viability of the pregnancy. Simply contact us for an appointment.
We’re also here to address your other questions. These may involve not only how far along you are in your pregnancy, but also the risks that are associated with having an abortion during that particular stage.
There are two types of abortion procedures: medication abortion (also known as a chemical abortion) and surgical abortion. Both abortion types terminate a pregnancy, and both come with risks and side effects. A medication abortion uses two different abortion drugs, Mifepristone and then Misoprostol, taken 24-48 hours later.
During a medication abortion, the hormone progesterone is blocked which causes the lining of the uterus to thin and stops the embryo from implanting and growing. The uterus then contracts and expels the embryo through the vagina.
In a surgical abortion, a more extensive surgery process is involved. Anesthesia is normally used, the cervix dilated, and the pregnancy is removed with a curette and suction device.
There are some risks associated with both a medication and a surgical abortion.
Risks of Medication Abortion
- Digestive system discomfort
- Incomplete abortion, which may need to be followed by surgical abortion
- An ongoing unwanted pregnancy if the procedure doesn’t work
- Heavy and prolonged bleeding
Risks of Surgical Abortion
- Perforation of the uterus
- Damage to the cervix
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
- Heavy bleeding
Some women think that if they choose adoption, it means they will never see their baby again. The truth is, adoption has changed drastically over the years, and to women’s advantage.
Mothers now have complete control over their adoption process. You can choose from an open, closed, or semi-open adoption plan.
What is the Difference Between an Open and Closed Adoption?
Open adoption allows the most access to a child and the adoptive parents, allowing open communication and periodic visits as the child grows up. A closed adoption keeps the adoptive family and birth mother’s identity confidential, not allowing for any contact prior to or after the placement of the child.
A semi-open adoption meets somewhere in the middle of open and closed adoption.
Talk to us if you have any questions about these adoption options. We’ll be happy to explain in greater detail.
Deciding to Parent
The idea of having a baby seems overwhelming. You may be wondering “What kind of parent will I be?” or perhaps you’re not sure where to start.
Parenting may be one of the most challenging decisions you’ll ever make, but you’ll also find that it’s one of the most rewarding as well.
Many women feel like they’re not ready to parent, and that’s ok, but you may be surprised at how much support there is for women in your situation. There are free parenting resources and support that we provide for moms and dads-to-be at Life Line Pregnancy Center.
You’ll also find that many mothers who have come through Life Line have completed their education, established themselves in their careers and are leading successful and rewarding lives with their children.
Scheduling a Free, Confidential Appointment with Life Line Pregnancy Center is Quick and Easy
It seems like everyone has an opinion on what you should do concerning your unplanned pregnancy.
But there’s only one opinion that really matters. Yours.
That’s why we want to be sure you know all your pregnancy options. Get the information you need by scheduling a confidential counseling appointment today. We are ready to help.