If you are in your 2nd trimester of pregnancy and have had a sudden change in your life, you may wonder what options are available.
Perhaps you planned to carry your pregnancy to term, but now your partner has left, your financial situation has changed, or you are unsure if you can care for a child.
The good news is you don’t have to be afraid. By understanding your options and getting the support you deserve, you can make the best decision for your health and future.
What are My Options?
The second trimester is from the 13th to the 26th week of pregnancy. At this stage in your pregnancy, all three primary options are still available to you:
While a medical abortion, also known as the “abortion pill,” is only an option until the 10th week of pregnancy, you may still be eligible for a surgical abortion in your 2nd trimester. However, you will need to travel out of state to access one.
During a surgical abortion, the abortion provider dilates (opens) your cervix (that leads to the uterus), and medical instruments are inserted into your uterus to remove the pregnancy and any related tissue.
This type of abortion is a serious medical procedure, and for the sake of your health, it’s essential to understand the risks, including:
- A hole poked through the uterus (called uterine perforation)
- Scar tissue on the uterine wall
- Damage to the cervix
In recent years adoption has changed significantly to support the birth mother and empower her to be in control of the adoption process.
A large part of that improvement is allowing you, as the birth mother, to decide the potential adoptive couple and what type of adoption you want to pursue:
- Open adoption: You choose the family that adopts your baby and have the freedom to keep in contact with them.
- Semi-open adoption: You stay in contact with your baby and the adoptive family, but a professional adoption specialist coordinates communication.
- Closed adoption: The courts seal birth records and details of the adoption. You don’t have contact, and your and adoptive parents’ identities are kept confidential.
The birth mother pays nothing for adoption services. The agency covers the cost of doctor visits, hospital birth expenses, and other pregnancy-related expenses.
If you’ve thought about parenting or wanted to parent but aren’t sure, know that there are resources and a strong community network ready to help you and your baby thrive.
From providing free baby supplies and formula to parenting classes and programs for working moms, we empower you to raise your child and continue your career and life.
Talk with us about your concerns, and let’s see how we can assist you.
Making the Right Decision
Remember, you’re not alone. The team at Alpha Pregnancy Care Center is here for you.
We are ready to hear your concerns, answer your questions, and point you to the resources and details you need to make the best decision for your pregnancy.
Contact us and be empowered for your future.