Are you navigating an unplanned pregnancy? You are not alone in this new journey, and we are here to support you along the way. Once you confirm that you have a healthy pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and ultrasound, learn about all your pregnancy options. Our non-judgmental and compassionate team is ready to inform you and help in any way we can.
What Are My Pregnancy Options?
There are three options to consider after a positive pregnancy test: abortion, adoption, or parenting. Here is more information about each option, so you can feel confident in whatever option you decide on. Take your time learning about each and our nurse will be happy to discuss your questions here at Life Line. We are here for you!
There are two types of abortion procedures: medication 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.
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
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.
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. Lastly, a semi-open adoption meets somewhere in the middle of open and closed adoption. Talk to us to learn more about each.
While parenting can seem like the most challenging decision, it’s a rewarding one. 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.
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