While around 4% of all women in the United States are pregnant right now, around half (49%) of them are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. That leads to the births of around three million children each year. In fact, half of all women will experience an unplanned pregnancy in their lifetimes, so if you are one of them, then you’re not alone.
If you think you might be pregnant, but you’re not sure where to go next, you don’t have to face this alone. From finding a pregnancy test for free to meeting with a doctor, there are plenty of resources out there for women just like you. Here are three things you should plan on if you suspect that you may be pregnant:
- Get a pregnancy test for free. The first thing you’ll need to do if you think that you are pregnant is get a test to confirm your suspicions. Many adult and teen pregnancy centers will offer free pregnancy tests, so you have someplace confidential to confirm your results. In addition to getting a pregnancy test for free, you might also have access to free ultrasounds and other testing, depending on your location.
- Talk it out. If you feel that you have no one to talk to, there are several places that may offer free pregnancy help. These centers, which cater to women of all ages, can help guide you on your next move, whether you have to tell a significant other or search for other resources for pregnant women like yourself. Sometimes it’s helpful to have someone to talk to, whereas other times you may need one-on-one advice and information on pregnancy that you just can’t get from strangers on the internet.
- Visit with your doctor. Prenatal care should be started sooner rather than later. This ensures that you — and your baby — get everything you need. Make sure to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician and/or OB-GYN, or ask a free pregnancy information center for referrals to doctors in your area.
Are you unexpectedly expecting or have you had an unplanned pregnancy in the past? Tell us in the comments what steps you took for yourself.