So, you’ve just taken a pregnancy test and it turned up positive! You may be seriously freaking out right now…thinking ‘what am I going to do?!’
Sometimes getting an abortion seems like a quick fix, like the easiest and most logical decision to make if you’re not ready right now to be a mom. But, before you get one, here are 4 things that you should know first:
1. How many weeks along you are, and if your pregnancy is progressing
It’s important to find out how far your pregnancy is developing, because around 25% of pregnancies end in a miscarriage. You’ll need for a healthcare professional to run an ultrasound to check that the fetus is in your uterus and has a heartbeat.
2. All of the pros and cons of your decision…
You have a legal right to make a choice on what happens with your pregnancy. As with any pregnancy, you have three choices: abortion, parenting, or adoption. For most women thinking about abortion, it becomes a real personal struggle to come to a final decision. In order to make the best decision for yourself, you need to find out all you can about each of the three choices and how they’ll change your future situation.
3. If you have a STD…
If you’re thinking of getting an abortion, you need to find out first if you have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). If you get an abortion with an untreated STD, you will be at high risk for infection and complications.
4. The emotional and physical side effects involved with abortion…
An abortion is a medical procedure that can’t be un-done. Depending on how far along you are, there are different abortion procedures that will be recommended. However, each one comes with medical risks and physical side effects. Also, many women may need emotional support after an abortion so getting counseling is a good idea.