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What If I'mScared?

I’m Pregnant and Scared. Is this Normal?

Yes! Whether a pregnancy is planned or not, so many women feel scared when they find out they are pregnant. If you are feeling scared today, know that you are not alone. We are here to help you navigate your emotions. Did you know that the dictionary defines the word scared as being in a state of fear, fright, or panic? These are very normal emotions to have before and after a positive pregnancy test.

Why is it Normal to Feel Scared?

Finding out you’re pregnant is life-changing news. Regardless of what your circumstances are, it is okay to feel fear without any guilt or shame.

Maybe you are surprised by the news, lack support or feel confused because you were using contraception. Perhaps you are concerned about finances, health, lifestyle, age, or goals and dreams.

You might be over the top excited but feel scared because you have never done this before or you’re concerned about all the unknowns. Maybe you just don’t know where to start. Whatever your situation, just know you are not alone.

Suggestions for What to Do with Your Feelings

It’s important to talk about what you are feeling with someone you trust. That could be a partner, family member, close friend, or counselor. It’s ok to reach out for help. Remember you don’t have to figure it all out in one day. Be gentle with yourself as you process the news.

Coming up with a plan can help ease some of your anxiety. Because of this, we suggest you take some time and make a list of next steps, and work on them one at a time.

Seeing an OB-GYN can help answer questions that you may have. You can also go to Pregnancy Resources of Abilene where you can get a free pregnancy test, ultrasound, classes, and more in a judgment-free space.

Moving Forward

Moving forward is a big step that can be scary and/or exciting at the same time. There isn’t one person that has it all figured out. Remind yourself that what you are feeling is normal, whatever those feelings look like.


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