You have hopes and dreams for your life, and you have goals you want to reach. Being pregnant wasn’t part of your plans, and now you’re bombarded with unwelcome emotions of fear and anxiety about what to do next. How do you communicate with your partner during an unplanned pregnancy?
First, know you aren’t alone. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that each year, nearly half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unexpected. So, there are almost three million other women in your shoes.
Of course, statistics don’t make an unexpected pregnancy any easier for you or your relationship. But healthy communication with your partner is a very important and helpful tool in the event of an unplanned pregnancy.
Almost everything feels overwhelming when you find out you’re unexpectedly pregnant, starting with how to break the news to your partner.
Here are healthy communication suggestions for when you tell your partner you’re unexpectedly pregnant:
Despite that, there is no need to set him up for a reaction by prefacing your conversation with “I have bad news.”
You have three options to consider when you’re unexpectedly pregnant: parenting, adoption, and abortion. It is undoubtedly one of the most difficult decisions you will ever face and one you’ll want to make carefully to prevent regrets later.
Ideally, you will come to the same decision about your pregnancy choice. If not, the option is ultimately yours to make.
At Thrive St. Louis, we offer compassionate licensed medical professionals and trained advocates to help you step by step with your unexpected pregnancy. We can help you with tips to communicate with your partner about your unintended pregnancy in a healthy way. Contact us today for an appointment!