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Discussing Your Pregnancy

The first thing to do if you think you’re pregnant is taking a pregnancy test — it’s the only way to know for sure. A pregnancy test can tell you if you’re pregnant as soon as your period is late. If you just found out you are pregnant, you may be upset, overwhelmed, concerned about your future, and confused about what to do. An unplanned pregnancy is not an easy thing to face and it is perfectly normal to feel anxious about your situation. You have a lot to think about and important decisions to make. Thankfully, the staff at Naples Women’s Center is here to help. Schedule an appointment today.

No matter the stats — or what other expecting moms do — it’s up to you when to tell people you’re pregnant.

Sometimes, when a pregnancy is unplanned, your partner or your parents’ first reaction may be negative. Be prepared for this mentally and if they are angry or upset, try your best to stay calm, even if they say hurtful things. Remember that you have had some time to process the shock of an unplanned pregnancy: now it’s their turn to go through a radical mental shift. Sometimes even when eventually people are happy, their initial reaction may take the form of a less position emotion, so give them the time and space to work through it. But if the conversation starts becoming very negative, if you feel like you can’t stay calm, or if you feel threatened in any way, leave.

If you’re having a hard time finding someone in your life to talk with, check out All-Options. All-Options has a free, private hotline where you can talk about your pregnancy and get support, no matter how you’re feeling.

No one should pressure you into making any decision about your pregnancy, no matter what. Only you know what’s right for you.

If you’re a little nervous about revealing your news too early, however, consider that healthy women start off with a lower rate of miscarriage than other moms-to-be since they’re not as vulnerable to the infections and diseases that can cause problems in early pregnancy. You also lower your risk of miscarriage by not smoking, drinking, or using drugs. So if you’re healthy, you really may have less reason to wait the full 13 weeks to fill people in about the baby in your belly.

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