A woman contemplating how pregnancy will affect her mentally

Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming, especially as you think about your pregnancy options and how to move forward. 

If you’re wondering how pregnancy might affect you mentally, the answer depends on many different factors. Read on to learn more about these factors. Or, if you want to talk to someone about your pregnancy, contact Assure Women’s Center today to be connected to one of our caring team members. All appointments and resources are free and confidential. 

Your Pregnancy Options

Being fully informed about your pregnancy options is a huge factor in how pregnancy will affect you mentally. Only when you know all you can about each option will you have the mental clarity to make a confident choice.

Your pregnancy options are parenting, adoption, or abortion. As you research each option, it can help to think through the following questions:

  • Which option am I leaning toward and why?
  • Is anyone pressuring me into one decision over another?
  • What am I basing my decision on? (For example, are you leaning toward one option due to your current life situation, educational goals, etc.?)
  • What might my life look like if I were to choose either option?
  • Do I still have questions about my options?

While these questions can give you a starting place as you consider your options, talking to someone can also be beneficial. At Assure Women’s Center, we answer your questions and offer information and resources about your options.

Make Your Own Decision

After learning all you can about your options, you must make your own pregnancy decision without feeling pressured—your mental health depends on it. 

The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons found that almost 75% of women who had an abortion felt at least subtly pressured into making the decision. 

And of these women who felt pressured into abortion, many suffered psychological effects afterward, including feelings of:

  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Regret
  • Self-hatred
  • Worthlessness
  • Being unworthy of love
  • Low self-esteem
  • Anxiety

You’re Not Alone

At Assure Women’s Center, we care about your mental and physical health, which is why we offer free resources and services to help you feel supported and informed. 

Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.


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