For some women, the moments and days after learning you’re pregnant can feel very lonely, especially if your pregnancy is unplanned. Your mind may be spinning with questions and concerns. It’s important to have someone to talk to in these early days and throughout your pregnancy. Emotional support and practical guidance can transform this uncertain time into the most beautiful stage of your life.
So, who can you talk to?
Your Boyfriend/Husband/Baby’s Father
If you’re in a committed relationship with the baby’s father, and believe he’s capable of handling the news calmly and respectfully, he’s likely the first person you should tell. Hopefully, the two of you will build a lifelong relationship and loving, nurturing environment for your child. If you’re not in a supportive relationship with the baby’s father, you may want to first confide in others who love you.
You’re never too old (or too young) to turn to your parents for love and support. While sharing the news of your unplanned pregnancy may initially be a bit shocking for them – especially if you’re a teenager or not in a committed relationship – that should wear off quickly. You may then be surprised just how understanding and compassionate your parents can be. Parents are often a great source of wisdom, advice and practical recommendations to prepare for and care for your baby.
A Pregnancy Counselor
It’s sometimes easier to talk through tough topics with an impartial third party, someone who doesn’t come into the conversation with preconceived notions about you, your past or your lifestyle. In Gainesville, Sira offers free pregnancy counseling from peer advocates who can help you objectively explore your pregnancy options. They can also connect you with helpful resources like healthcare, transportation, housing and more.
A Close Friend
Friends can be outstanding sounding boards as you work through the hopes and fears associated with pregnancy. Lean on friends you can trust to listen without judgment, keep your conversations confidential and offer advice only when asked. And while their advice may be appreciated, at the end of the day, it’s up to you to make the right choices for your baby’s future.
No matter who you choose to talk to first, it’s important to build a network of loving, compassionate people to support you and your baby. If you need help exploring your pregnancy options, finding resources or sharing the news with people close to you, contact Sira today at 352-377-4947. We’re here to help.