Knowing what to do after a positive pregnancy test is difficult. The test result can cause a wide range of emotions. If this pregnancy was not expected, then you will likely feel a great deal of stress. But keep in mind that this is quite common – nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. You’re not alone.
Follow these steps on what to do after a positive pregnancy test result.
Confirm Your Pregnancy
The first step is to verify the pregnancy. False results are fairly common due to user error or taking the test too early, so it’s important to seek certainty before moving on to the next steps in the process. First Care Clinic offers free and confidential pregnancy tests and ultrasounds that will confirm the pregnancy. The ultrasound is an important follow up to the pregnancy test because it will also detect a fetal heartbeat and determine how far along your pregnancy has progressed.
Consider Your Options
For even the savviest women, an unexpected pregnancy presents a daunting challenge. After confirming your pregnancy, now is the time to weigh all of your potential options. If you’re ready to continue with your pregnancy, then we can help you find a prenatal care provider. We also have classes to help you learn more about your pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. If you’re not sure, then learn about adoption, which involves placing the child with a loving family to permanently care for him or her, and abortion, which involves taking medication or undergoing a procedure to end your pregnancy.
This is a decision that needs to be made carefully, so take your time and ensure that you’re accessing all the most accurate information. We can help you work through your decision-making process.
Tell the Father
Along with talking to trusted friends and family members, it’s important to tell the father, even if you two are not together. He is just as much of a part in this pregnancy as you are, and he should be encouraged to participate in the decision-making process. In cases of an abusive relationship or cases involving drugs or alcohol, talk to a counselor first. If at all possible, it’s important to involve the father. He is a key part of this situation as well. You can lean on each other, and while the decision is yours, he can offer valuable input and support to you.
You might benefit from additional resources during your unplanned pregnancy. Regardless of which option you choose, there are various resources available. For instance, you can learn about government programs, such as W2, WIC and FoodShare, that provide support if you decide to parent. If you’re considering an adoption plan, you can speak with adoption agencies about the best plan for you. As you weigh all your options and ponder your many questions, just remember that there are resources available to help you find answers. You are not alone on this journey.
Remaining calm amidst these challenges times easier said than done, but keep in mind that you have time to consider your options. You can’t change the past, but you can seize control of your future. Make a decision that you can ultimately live with long term. And most importantly, remember that you are not alone.
Dealing with a positive pregnancy test is challenging. The most important thing to remember is that you don’t have to do it alone. If you’re looking for answers or just someone to talk to, reach out to us. We’re here for you.