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An unplanned pregnancy can leave you feeling lost and overwhelmed. It’s important to lean on your loved ones for support as you make the best decision for you. It’s also important to know what your options are as you navigate your decision.

Some people who are pregnant choose to continue the pregnancy and become a parent to the child. Becoming a parent might sound scary, especially if the pregnancy was unplanned or unexpected! Fortunately, there are several resources that provide assistance and support.

While some people decide to parent, others might decide that they are not ready to take on that role and choose adoption as the best choice instead. Adoption is when the child goes to a new family to be raised. There are two types of adoption; Open, where the biological parent can still have contact with family and can be a part of the child’s life, or Closed, where contact between the biological parent and family is ended once the baby is placed. You can choose what option is best for you.

Sometimes people decide that continuing the pregnancy is not the best option for them, and so they choose to terminate the pregnancy. Abortion (or “termination”) usually refers to a medical procedure that ends a pregnancy. Sometimes the phrase “spontaneous abortion” is used to refer to a pregnancy that ends naturally – this is also called a miscarriage. Most abortions (medical and natural) occur very early on, usually within the first trimester. Different states have different laws about abortion, so it is important to check your state as well as neighboring states to see what your options are.

Whatever you decide, make sure it is your choice and that you are comfortable with your decision. Seek out support and look for accurate information. Your doctor or school counselor can help.