Pregnancy

Signs of Pregnancy & What To Do If You’re Scared

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.
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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.

Physical

The most common first signs of pregnancy are: missed period, increased fatigue, breast changes, nausea, frequent urination, and changes in your appetite. If you suspect you could be pregnant, it's best to make an appointment with your own physician to request a pregnancy test.

Emotional

With a positive pregnancy test most people feel a variety of emotions ranging from joy to fear. If your pregnancy is unexpected, you may feel anxious about what to do next. It can be very confusing as your emotions collide with the thoughts racing through your mind. Talking with a counselor at a pregnancy counseling center can help you process your feelings and make a plan for the future.

Spiritual

Being pregnant may give you feel a great sense of responsibility in a way you've never felt before. Your body is now keeping another soul living. It can be a lot to process, especially if your pregnancy is unexpected. You may feel a desire to turn to prayer for comfort and wisdom in this time.

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Why Does Unplanned Pregnancy Happen?

Unplanned pregnancies happen most often as a result of a man and woman having sexual intercourse without using contraceptives such as condoms or birth control medications. While not as likely, it is still possible to get pregnant while using birth control. 

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.
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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, when you are financially unprepared, or feel 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 with all of these feelings?

Don’t Despair

TheHopeLine is a place to get good advice 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 is a place to get good advice 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.

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

It's common to have a lot of concerns during pregnancy regardless of whether the pregnancy was planned or unexpected. There are many unknowns. For instance....How much weight will I gain? How will I afford diapers, formula and baby stuff? Will my body be able to do this or will I miscarry?

Give your worries to God and take comfort in His truth. He gives life and has now given you a life to carry beneath your heart. The truth is that God will take care of you. As it says in the Bible, Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10) Whether this pregnancy was planned or unexpected, you aren't alone in this because God is available to you. If you let Him, He will guide you through each stage of your pregnancy.

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