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Defining an Unplanned Pregnancy

By Veronica Wiley

If you are dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, you may be facing some confusing and overwhelming emotions. This is the case whether your pregnancy was actively unwanted, happened before you were ready, or during challenging circumstances. In either case, we believe you should understand all the options available to you.

Adoption Choices of Nevada is a private adoption agency that has helped support countless birth mothers through their pregnancy and adoption. Let’s discuss some of the resources available to support you during your unplanned pregnancy. We’ll also discuss some of the pregnancy options. If you are considering adoption in Las Vegas, continue reading to learn about the options available to you.

What is an Unplanned Pregnancy

An unplanned pregnancy isn’t necessarily a pregnancy that isn’t wanted. Many people eventually want to have a baby at some point in their lives. However, there are many instances that can make a pregnancy unplanned. Unplanned pregnancy is an umbrella term used to describe pregnancies that occur outside your timeline. It can also be used to describe pregnancies that occur outside your desired circumstances. Unplanned pregnancies can stir up a variety of emotions, including joy, surprise, anxiety, or fear. 

Here are a few examples of unplanned pregnancies:

  • Unwanted Pregnancy: Some people don’t desire a pregnancy at any point in their life. This could be because you would rather focus on your career. It could also be because you’d rather adopt.
  • Unexpected pregnancy: This is a scenario where it happens sooner than you wanted. You may be feeling joyful about the pregnancy but also conflicted that it happened sooner than you wanted.
  • Crisis pregnancy: Challenging circumstances, like a lost job or career move, can make pregnancy impractical. Loss of a home can cause further issues. If you are a pregnant teenager, a pregnancy can interrupt your plans for college. Rape victims also fit into this category. Crisis pregnancies can be very frightening.

What Contributes to an Unplanned Pregnancy

  • Trouble with contraceptives: To prevent a pregnancy, one first needs to know what resources are available to help achieve that goal. Sometimes, access to contraceptives or knowledge about them isn’t available. Yet, even if you have the knowledge and access to contraceptives, there is always the chance that contraceptives will fail. 
  • Sexual Violence: Sexual violence and coercion are unpleasant subjects, but still worth mentioning here. They still happen quite frequently and can result in pregnancy. 
  • Sometimes, underlying medical conditions can also be a contributor. For example, if you diligently track your ovulation cycle, you may be able to prevent a pregnancy. However, underlying medical conditions can cause you to ovulate at an odd time. 
  • Other factors worth mentioning include financial hardship and lack of social support. 

If you’ve found yourself in the midst of an unplanned pregnancy, you may be feeling conflicting emotions. Depending on your individual circumstances and support system, you may be feeling shock, grief, or even anger. Facing the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy, it is important to seek help when needed. You may be wondering what your options are and where this help can be found.

Information About Adoption – I’m Pregnant

Support during any pregnancy is important. It is especially important when the pregnancy is unplanned. If you are not already surrounded by a solid support base, you may need to look elsewhere. Professional help is never a bad idea and can give you the support you need.  Adoption Choices of Nevada offers confidential support for our birth mothers. This includes:

  • Adoption Counseling: A counselor is available to you to first talk about all your options. We can help you get the information you need to make an informed decision about your pregnancy. If you decide that adoption is the best option for you, your counselor will guide you through how to put a child up for adoption. Your counselor will also ensure that all your decisions are enforced during the process.
  • Support groups: These groups are invaluable in helping birth mothers find a supportive community. Filled with other birth mothers who are experiencing similar things, many mothers find support and friendship. These women can help each other emotionally and even provide a new lens through which to see your experience.
  • Information about all pregnancy options: There are many options for unplanned pregnancy, including adoption, termination, and raising the child yourself. Termination and raising a child can be very expensive. Termination laws also vary by state. In Nevada, this may be an option for you and is legal for up to 24 weeks. Your counselor can discuss each of these with you at length to help you fully understand your options.

Adoption Process Nevada

Among these resources, adoption in Las Vegas is always free to birth mothers. When partnering with Adoption Choices of Nevada, you’ll have the support you need every step of the way. Rather than simply helping place a child, we are a unique adoption center. We prefer to help our birth mothers by giving them the support they need. Here is a bit about the adoption process when navigating a pregnant adoption.

  • The first step is always to contact us. We’ll discuss all of your pregnancy options and then set you up with an adoption counselor.
  • Your adoption counselor will help you create an adoption plan. This plan will include information like the type of adoption you want. Your counselor will discuss the pros and cons of open adoption, semi-open adoption, and closed adoption with you. They will also help you create your birth plan and discuss post-placement choices.  
  • Once your plan is created, it’s time to start looking at prospective families. Your counselor will meet with you to look at family profiles until you find the right one.
  • Your counselor will also discuss financial assistance. If you need it, your counselor will direct you to resources that can provide help. We want to ensure you receive proper medical care, housing, and food throughout your pregnancy.
  • Completion of the plan is, of course, the last step. In the hospital, your counselor will enforce your birth plan, including any contact with the baby’s adoptive family. Post-placement, we’re still here for you. We can facilitate communication throughout the pregnancy and post-placement. We can also help connect you with post-placement counseling to help you adjust to the next steps in your life.

Choosing Adoption in Nevada

We understand that every pregnancy is different, just like every birth mother is different. The best option for one person may not be the best option for another. Whatever your situation is, feel free to contact us here. We can discuss your pregnancy options with you as well as adoption in Nevada.