Pregnancy should be a joyful time spent in anticipation of new life. But if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you may feel afraid and overwhelmed instead. TheHopeLine has the resources and support available to help you find hope, compassion, and joy in the face of pregnancy challenges.

What Are Signs of Pregnancy?

If you have recently had unprotected sex, you might be wondering if you are pregnant. Some signs of pregnancy include:

  • Missed Periods
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Increased Appetite
  • Weight Gain and Bloating
  • Dizziness, Lightheadedness, or Fainting
  • Unusual Mood Swings
  • Heightened Depression or Anxiety

If you have symptoms like these, especially if you have not had your menstrual period when expected, you should request a pregnancy test from your doctor or OBGYN. Over-the-counter pregnancy tests can give you a strong indication of whether you may be pregnant, but it is always best to see a doctor to confirm your pregnancy so they can be aware of your needs and advise you of next steps.

Why Does Unplanned Pregnancy Happen?

Unplanned pregnancies happen as a result of a man and woman having sexual intercourse, and are far more common when people have sex without using contraceptives such as condoms or birth control medications. A pregnancy can occur the first time you have sex, and it can happen as a result of sexual abuse or assault. You can become pregnant anytime you have sex after getting your first menstrual period.

What Do I Do If I’m Pregnant and Scared?

It is understandable to feel afraid when you’re pregnant, especially when the pregnancy happens unexpectedly when you feel you’re too young, financially unprepared, or unsafe from someone whose assault or abuse caused you to become pregnant.

In situations where you get pregnant outside of marriage, you may feel a deep sense of shame, and may be afraid that people close to you in your family, school, or church will judge you, isolate you, or disown you. Maybe you’re considering adoption, but don’t know if that’s the right choice. What do you do when you’re overwhelmed?

  • Don’t despair. You have found a place to get pregnancy support without judgement or shame. We understand the complicated situations and emotions behind an unexpected pregnancy, and we have helped many new and first-time mothers find the help they need.
  • Keep your faith. God will never abandon you or your baby, even when things seem dire. Asking for prayers during pregnancy from people who care about you and your baby can help you remain hopeful and find greater peace.
  • Find support. In addition to TheHopeLine mentors, we recommend connecting with your local crisis pregnancy center for face-to-face guidance. It is especially important to reach out to them if you feel you and your baby are unsafe, or if you are experiencing a physical or mental health crisis after learning you are pregnant. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

TheHopeLine offers confidential support and encouragement during pregnancy through live chat and email mentoring. Contact us today and begin reclaiming hope for your life and your baby.

Still have questions about pregnancy? Search our library of ebooks, blogs, podcasts, and more for answers to questions like:

  • What Should I Do if I’ve Been Sexually Assaulted?

  • What if My Boyfriend Does Not Want to Keep Our Baby?

  • Should I Consider Adoption?

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