What happens when you take a pregnancy test, and that line appears? When you have an unplanned pregnancy, but don’t want to have a baby yet, this can make your life more complicated than imagined.
An unplanned pregnancy can be depressing, scary, sad, or thrilling. When you see that positive pregnancy test, your emotions might seem like they’re changing from minute to minute. This is totally normal!
When you take a few moments to let your news sink in and really think about it, you’ll realize that life as you know it will change. No matter what happens next, this has happened.
Maybe your story is like Haley’s*. She wrote this in her journal the day she discovered she was pregnant:
“I took test after test, and they all came back positive. I just got back in a relationship with my baby’s dad. How could I be so stupid to let this happen?! I had an appointment set for next week to get on birth control. I feel like my life is over now. There’s no way I can go to college with a baby! My mom suggested adoption, but I don’t know if I could do that…”
*Name has been changed for confidentiality.
No matter what you’re thinking or feeling, know that you’re not alone! There are lots of other women who have had an unplanned pregnancy and been where you are and feel like you do. They want to help you during this scary, uncertain time. You just have to reach out to Lifetime. We will connect you with these women, for peer counseling. At Lifetime, you won’t get any pressure or judgment.
There are types of adoption where you can choose the family who adopts your baby, and you’re able to see your child grow up.
If you’d like to know more, call (or text!) Lifetime at 1-800-923-6784 to talk to an adoption professional who will help you.
As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.