Many things may go through your mind when you have an unplanned pregnancy. The best thing to do is take a deep breath. You aren’t alone; you can get the information you need to decide. 

Two of your options include abortion and adoption. You may have heard of these options before, so getting accurate information is essential. Your local pregnancy center can be right there with you as you make these important decisions!

What Do I Need to Know About Adoption?

Perhaps you’ve heard of adoption before. A lot has changed in recent years, with birth mothers having more of a say in the process and being able to participate in selecting an adoptive family. 

There are multiple adoption plans to choose from, and they may be the right fit for you and your lifestyle. These include:

  • Open adoption: With this form of adoption, you get to participate in every step of the process. You form a relationship with the child and adoptive family and get to choose your level of contact with them. This is best for women desiring to participate actively in the adoption process.
  • Semi-open adoption: This type of adoption allows you to form a relationship, but all communication is carried out through a third party, like an adoption attorney or agency.
  • Closed adoption: This form of adoption allows complete privacy and confidentiality. All adoption records are sealed, and no communication is carried out between the woman and the adoptive family. This is best for women who wish to remain anonymous.

What Should I Learn About Abortion?

Abortion is the termination of a viable pregnancy. There are two main types of abortion: medical abortion and surgical abortion. Though they share some side effects, including abdominal cramping and vaginal bleeding, they are very different procedures. 

Medical abortion is typically performed up to the tenth week of pregnancy. Two medications, mifepristone and misoprostol, work together to end the pregnancy. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, which helps to sustain a pregnancy. Misoprostol induces uterine contractions and expels the pregnancy from the uterus.

Surgical abortion is a more complicated procedure. The provider will use medication or surgical instruments to dilate your cervix, and a suctioning technique or an instrument called a curette is used to remove the pregnancy tissue. Surgical abortion is performed later on in pregnancy. 

Before having an abortion, you should consult a medical provider and consider this procedure’s risks and side effects. Your health matters and you deserve the correct information and medical care. 

I Want to Know More About My Options.

Life Light Pregnancy Help Center is here for you and can help you learn more about your pregnancy options. Together, we can help you get the information you need about abortion, adoption, and parenting. We are here to offer you the non-judgmental support you need.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’re here for you!

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