I’m Afraid of How My Partner Will React to My Unexpected Pregnancy
It makes sense that you may fear your partner’s reaction when sharing the news of your pregnancy. After all, their opinion likely matters to you. But there is a difference between having safety concerns and wondering if they’ll feel disappointed or nervous.
Remember, your well-being is the top priority. If you feel you are in an abusive relationship, don’t share this news with your partner immediately. Any abuse may escalate when they learn about your pregnancy. Consider speaking with an advocate at the National Domestic Violence Hotline or contact 911 if you are in immediate danger.
My Partner Isn’t Abusive, So How Should I Share the News?
First, remember that you have control over your pregnancy decision. Exercise agency over this situation and understand you choose when and how to tell your partner.
Share the news when you feel comfortable in an environment where you feel safe. This may be your home or a public setting like a restaurant or cafe. Choose a time when your partner can provide their undivided attention—it’s what you deserve!
Your partner may be scared, shocked, or even angry when you tell them about the pregnancy. As difficult as it may seem, try not to take their reaction personally. This is a significant change to process, especially if the pregnancy was unexpected.
After giving them time to process the news, consider their level of involvement in the decision-making process. They may want to play a major role and attend doctor’s appointments. Reviewing pregnancy options together may even be a possibility. However, some partners may feel overwhelmed. This is a disappointment, but know you still deserve support—and it’s available.
What Do I Do Now?
Regardless of your pregnancy decision, you must prioritize receiving the correct information and protecting your health. Your Options Medical offers no-cost, private medical services including pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds. You’ll learn about your pregnancy’s viability, meaning that it is growing normally and has a heartbeat, gestational age, and location, which can inform you of your options and alert you to medical conditions like ectopic pregnancy that require immediate medical treatment.
Following your ultrasound, our advocates can provide options counseling. We’ll provide accurate, fact-based information on all your pregnancy options: abortion, adoption, and parenting. You’ll also learn the risks and side effects of abortion procedures to make an informed decision. Your partner can also attend the session to ask any questions they may have.
Receive the Medical Care You Need
Your Options Medical’s holistic services are your best first step when facing an unexpected pregnancy. You deserve comprehensive care.
Contact us today or call 508-251-9022 to speak with a medical professional.