Thinking about Parenting?

Pregnancy can be a scary prospect, even for those who planned to become pregnant. Therefore, it is understandable if someone experiencing an unplanned pregnancy feels anxious. Your mind may be sent racing through all of the implications that come along with a pregnancy, be it physical, emotional and/or financial. With that said, a surprised expectant parent is just as capable of effectively raising a child as someone who had planned to become a mother or father.

One important consideration in raising a child is providing him or her with a strong support system where they feel encouraged to better themselves. As a parent that support system begins with you. However, it is important to acknowledge that not everyone has such a system in place, and it can be a challenge to build one from scratch. Some factors that you may need to take into consideration when thinking about whether or not you want to be a parent include:

  • A partner who does not want a child
  • Feelings that your family may not support your pregnancy and child
  • Your ongoing career or education
  • Financial difficulties
  • A feeling that you’re too immature or unprepared to be a parent
  • Your current living situation
  • Your relationship with the child’s father

First Step is here to help you work through these issues and any others you may have. We provide support regardless of what you ultimately choose, and can help provide you with the information and resources you will need to make a healthy, informed decision.

If you recently found out you are pregnant but are not sure if you are ready to parent, it is recommended that you speak with a professional about your situation. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about parenting.