Not all babies are planned, some pregnancy can come as a surprise. Bearing that in mind, what do you do when you unexpectedly discover you’re pregnant? You follow these steps, that’s what:
Take More Tests
If your pregnancy test comes out positive, then you might start to freak out. However, don’t jump to any conclusions just yet or start telling everybody. Instead, go out and buy a few more tests, each of different brands. This will help you determine whether or not it was a false alarm. Pregnancy tests are never 100% accurate, but if you take five different ones and they all come out with the same results, then you can be fairly certain this is real, and you are pregnant.
Inform The Father
Your next step is to inform the father. They need to know what’s going on, even if you’re not in a relationship with them. They have a right to know, but you also have a right to make your own decisions regarding your pregnancy, so don’t let them influence you too much. Now, there are some cases where a person might deny they’re the father. In which case, a simple paternity test will prove whether they’re right or wrong. This is important, as your child needs a father while it grows up. Make sure you respect their privacy and tell them alone and not when they’re surrounded with people.
Tell People You Can Trust
This step can often come before you inform the father, it depends on your relationship status. If you’re in a long-term committed relationship, you will probably tell them to your friends/family. If not, you might confide in your closest confidants first. Either way, tell people you can trust as they can help you make the right decisions and provide support and guidance during your pregnancy. It will be taught breaking the news to your family, but you have to do it eventually, and they can help.
See A Doctor
Next, book an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. While there, they will check things to ensure you are 100% pregnant and then tell you the best course of action to take. They’ll talk to you about regular checkups, and point you to a hospital where you can register. Throughout the course of your pregnancy, you’ll make regular trips to the hospital for scans to ensure everything is in order.
Finally, you have to prepare for the future. Start planning for the birth of your child, and make sure you have everything ready when they arrive. As this was unexpected, you might not be in the best financial position possible to have a baby. This is why it’s important to tell your family early, as they can help you out and offer financial assistance.
Now, you’ll be in a much better place to deal with your unexpected pregnancy. Make no mistake about it, your life will change forever. But, you can cope a lot better if you follow these steps and stop panicking.