When you first receive the unexpected news of a confirmed pregnancy, giving yourself time and space to process the news is important.
Don’t pressure yourself into thinking you have to have a solution overnight! You are not the first person to be in this scenario, so it’s important to allow yourself to process the news and then evaluate your options.
Read this article on different options for unplanned pregnancies, and important health screenings you can take before making a final decision.
How Do I Know If I Qualify For an Abortion?
If you are considering a medication abortion, it’s important to know the criteria that can disqualify you from this procedure.
According to the Mayo Clinic, medication abortion isn’t an option if you if:
- Are too far along in your pregnancy. You shouldn’t attempt a medical abortion if you’ve been pregnant for more than nine weeks (after the start of your last period). Some types of medical abortions aren’t done after seven weeks of pregnancy.
- Have an intrauterine device (IUD) currently in place.
- Have a suspected pregnancy outside of the uterus. This is called an ectopic pregnancy.
- Have certain medical conditions. These include bleeding disorders; certain heart or blood vessel diseases; severe liver, kidney, or lung disease; or an uncontrolled seizure disorder.
- Take a blood thinner or certain steroid medicines.
- Can’t make follow-up visits to your provider or don’t have access to emergency care.
- Have an allergy to the medicine used
While you may qualify for a surgical abortion, a medication abortion is not an option for you if you meet any of the above criteria.
We offer complimentary consultations where you can ask questions, share concerns, and learn more about your options.
What Are My Other Options?
There are two other options that are available to you: adoption and parenting.
When considering adoption, you, the biological mother, can customize the adoption plan to whatever makes the most sense for your lifestyle and what you want for your future. Here are a couple of adoption options that are helpful to be aware of:
- Open Adoption– You have a relationship with the child and adoptive family. This makes up the majority of adoptions.
- Semi-Open Adoption– You communicate through the adoption agency of your choice to exchange non-identifying information with the adoptive parents.
- Closed Adoption– You do not have a relationship with the child or adoptive family, and details about you cannot be disclosed.
Open adoption is the most common type of adoption because it fosters a relationship between the child and the adoptive family. Many people find this rewarding, although some women report feelings of loss or grief in having a relationship with the child, not being their primary caregiver.
It does not cost the birth mother any fees or expenses to make an adoption plan. In many cases, the medical and living costs of the birth mother can be covered by the adoptive family.
Raising a child is never an easy job, but it is definitely possible, and many people find parenthood to be a very fulfilling journey.
It’s important to be aware that, whether you have a strong support system from your partner or family, or if you are going to be a single parent, there are resources that are available to assist you if you go with the option of parenting.
Schedule an Appointment
We offer no-cost ultrasounds that can inform you of the age, location, and viability of the pregnancy. This will give you information that can alert you to any health complications, such as an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.
We also offer complimentary consultations where you can ask questions, share concerns, and learn more about your options.
No woman should feel pressured, isolated, or cornered as she makes her final pregnancy decision. At Pregnancy Options Miami, we are here to help equip you with information and resources, so you are empowered to make a decision with confidence.
Contact us today to schedule your appointment!