If you are in the midst of facing an unplanned pregnancy, let me be the one to assure you that I know exactly how you feel.
Twice, to be exact.
The feelings of fear, of disbelief, of guilt, of even a little shame for “letting” this happen. As women, we are expected to be the one with the plan in place, the birth control under, well, control, and still, when life persists on making its presence known even when we weren’t expecting it (or even welcoming it), our carefully laid-out plans are put into complete disarray.
Women today have the choice of when they want to say “yes” to life, but what if that choice isn’t so easy? What if the path to continuing the pregnancy seems murky and filled with fear? Is it possible cope with an unplanned pregnancy and to not only survive it, but to thrive in the role of unexpected motherhood?
A hundred times, over, I say yes!
Even after experiencing my first unplanned pregnancy during college, when I once again saw those two tiny blue lines pop up almost six years later, I doubted myself and the life I was carrying. I can’t do this, it won’t be ok, the timing is all off, I thought.
And yet, in the back of my mind, I knew that it would be ok. I just needed some help to get there. Here are 6 ways I’ve used to cope with an unplanned pregnancy.
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