Your world feels like it’s stopped completely. You weren’t planning on this and you might even be confused about how it even happened. An unplanned pregnancy can be a scary time when you’re in high school, as you sort through all your emotions of fear, anxiety, anger, etc..
Take a deep breath. You are not alone in your pregnancy journey, and you have options. Our compassionate team at Women’s Care Center is here to help and educate you so you can move forward with confidence. Here are three easy steps to take if you’re pregnant in high school.
1. Make Sure You’re Pregnant
The first step is to confirm that you are indeed pregnant. It’s important to verify your pregnancy, as there is still a slight chance your at-home pregnancy test is inaccurate. You could have taken it at the wrong time or incorrectly. To be sure, confirm your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing at our center for no cost.
Why You Need An Ultrasound
The next step of pregnancy verification is an ultrasound. Many women don’t realize how vital this step of the process is. It reveals if you have a viable pregnancy (with a heartbeat), how far along you are, and the location of your pregnancy (if it’s growing within the uterus or not).
If considering the option of abortion, an ultrasound is necessary to move forward, as it tells you how far along you are. This will determine what type of abortion procedure you’re eligible for. It also alerts you to any pregnancy complications such as miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy— which would require different medical procedures to be done.
2. Explore All Your Options
“Can I raise a child and continue high school?” “Who will financially support me?” “How does abortion work?” These may be some of the pressing questions racing through your mind. That’s normal.
Whichever pregnancy option you choose, the choice is ultimately yours to make. Be informed about all your options before making your final decision. You owe it to yourself to learn the facts.
You have three pregnancy options: abortion, adoption, and parenting. Each one will impact your life greatly, so it’s important to know what you’re getting into before moving forward. If you have questions about any of them, talk to our team to get answers.
The Risks of Abortion
Abortion comes with many physical risks that you should know about. There are two types of abortion: medical abortion (the abortion pill) and surgical abortion. Each type has serious risks.
Common medical abortion risks include infection, incomplete abortion (would need followed up with a surgical abortion), heavy/prolonged bleeding, fever, and digestive system discomfort. Surgical abortion risks include infection, damage to the cervix, uterine perforation, excessive bleeding, scarring of the uterus, and more.
3. Get Support Today
We understand the risks may seem high in your situation. We are here to listen to your story and help you through it. Get free and confidential pregnancy confirmation services and support from our team. Make an appointment to receive help today. You are stronger than you know!