How to Handle an Unplanned Pregnancy
A “crisis pregnancy” can happen for a lot of reasons. Maybe you’re dealing with the pain and trauma of a sexual assault that resulted in an unplanned pregnancy. Perhaps you and your boyfriend found out you were pregnant before you felt financially prepared to raise a child. Or maybe the person you were with before becoming pregnant has decided he doesn’t want to be in the child’s life.
Encouragement During Unplanned Pregnancy
Whatever the circumstances are, if you’re facing a crisis pregnancy, you can get through it. I want you to know these things:
- You are not alone. You have people who care about you, and there are plenty of resources and organizations you can count on for help and support.
- God loves you. No matter where you are in your faith journey, it can be tested by something like an unplanned pregnancy. Depending on the circumstances, you may feel guilt, shame, or fear that God doesn’t love you. But he loves you no matter what circumstances you’re facing, and he will not abandon you.
- You will find a solution: If you seek people who provide caring support during unplanned pregnancy, you can and will find a solution that affords you and your baby a good quality of life.
Partner Organizations for Crisis Pregnancy
If you have told friends and family, you trust you’re pregnant, they’ll likely offer to help. But if they are unable to help, or if you don’t feel safe sharing information about your pregnancy with people in your life, you’re not without help. We partner with many organizations who offer compassionate crisis pregnancy support, including:
- Option Line: Option Line is a crisis pregnancy and abortion information hotline. They assess the need and then connect you with a pregnancy center in your area.
- Bethany Christian Services: When you're facing an unplanned pregnancy, your mind jumps right to options. Before you decide, take a deep breath and inform yourself about parenting, adoption, and abortion. Bethany is there to walk alongside you.
- Mercy Multiplied: Mercy Multiplied has helped thousands of young women recover from crises and find strength. This is a residential program, so you are surrounded by community and support when you need it most.
I have no doubt that one of our supporting organizations will be a great fit for your needs as you determine next steps during pregnancy.
Crisis Pregnancy Support from TheHopeLine
You are already in a kind and caring place if you need someone to talk to about your pregnancy. TheHopeLine offers one-on-one mentoring and other pregnancy support resources. Reaching out is a key first step to getting the help you need. And it may help you feel less overwhelmed to know you have someone in your corner helping you make a plan for your health and your baby’s well-being.
We are here to help. Talk to a HopeCoach if you’re pregnant and don’t know what to do. We will always be here to listen and offer encouragement without judgment, so you can make good choices for yourself and your baby.
Adoption may or may not be an option you are seriously considering. To help you with your decision read this blog that answers 10 questions expectant mothers ask about adoption.