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What If I Am Not Ready?

Woman unsure if she is ready.

Woman worried about her unplanned pregnancy

Being a mom is a challenge, and being a young or first-time mom is an even greater challenge. It does not mean, though, that you are not ready. No one is really ready to have a child, even when a pregnancy is planned With an unplanned pregnancy, feelings of fear, shock, and sadness are quite normal. Having a baby is a life-altering event, but it does not mean that your life is over. You may not feel you have the support or income needed to take care of a child, but there is help. You are not alone. Almost half of all pregnancies are unplanned, so exploring your choices related to your pregnancy may be a great next step.

When you search online you will find many sites that may help you organize your thoughts on how to move forward:

  • What to think about upon learning you are pregnant.
  • What to know about pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Your options.

You will also find stories from women that are, or have been, in the same situation as you, your girlfriend, or your friend:

  • “I have no one to talk to. I’ve spent countless numbers of nights crying over the fact that I’m going to be 20 when I have my baby…”
  • “I was 19, working full time in a great job I loved…”
  • “I wasn’t ready to have a baby. Most definitely. But when I got further along, I got more excited about it…”

There are also professionals to speak with to help you to calm those feelings of not being ready to raise a child.

Do not let the feelings of anxiety and fear of what others will think or feelings of inadequacy determine your path with your unborn baby. It is your life and it is your body and it is your future. Not someone else’s. Do thorough research and then talk to someone about it. When we put thoughts into words sometimes they make more sense to the ears. As you consider your options, remember, you do not have to decide alone. We are here to help you through this scary and exciting time in your life. Call us at 770.924.0864 or visit our website at / for additional information.

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    Anna Muller - Nurse Manager

    I am so glad you are here. My name is Anna Muller, and I am the Nurse Manager at The HOPE Center. I love working at The HOPE Center and meeting all of the wonderful women and families that visit our clinic.