An unexpected pregnancy may very well be one of the scariest moments of your life. You may feel unprepared to take that next step, explore your pregnancy options, and get the answers you need.

During times like these, it is vital to have people in your corner—ones you can trust to give you the necessary information and resources. Sav-A-Life is here to help you move past the uncertainty.

Am I Pregnant?

You may have a number of symptoms, or perhaps none at all. Every pregnancy is different, and the only way to know for sure is to take a medical-grade pregnancy test.

Symptoms of pregnancy include:

  • Missed period
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Increased urination
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating
  • Moodiness
  • Cramping
  • Constipating
  • Light spotting
  • Nasal congestion
  • Food aversions

Remember, these symptoms can often be attributed to other conditions or illnesses, so testing for pregnancy is your best bet.

I’m Pregnant. What Do I Do Now?

If you’ve confirmed your pregnancy, you’re likely feeling a range of emotions. Sometimes life throws you a curveball, and this is certainly one of them. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you’re in control. This is your pregnancy decision, and you now have the opportunity to weigh your options yourself and receive the support you need.

Consider finding a support person such as a family member or friend. Choose one who will walk alongside you and be a nonjudgmental presence. You will also want to think about telling your family and partner. Weigh the pros and cons of telling them. Is it safe to share this news, or would you prefer to find support elsewhere?

If you do tell your loved ones and you’re concerned about your safety, consider breaking the news in a public space and at a time when they have a clear head. They may react strongly, especially if they are shocked or worried about your well-being. Remember that you may need to give them space to process their emotions.

Once you’ve identified a support person, you’ll want to learn more about your pregnancy options. This information is available at your local pregnancy center, typically at no cost to you. There, you’ll receive accurate and fact-based information in a neutral environment. Sav-A-Life is here for you with the options information you need to move forward. Our advocates will give you facts and resources in a supportive, confidential space.

You are not alone in this!