VII. Pregnancy: Signs & Options
Pregnancy: is the carrying of one or more offspring, known as a fetus or embryo, inside the uterus of a female.
Penetration does not need to occur for this to happen. Even if semen is left on the outside of the vagin.al region or drips down to it, there is a chance that pregnancy can occur.
It is important to remember that not all symptoms are universal. There are even some women who go their entire pregnancy without showing any signs.
Some common symptoms of pregnancy can include:
Nausea and vomiting
Excessive tiredness and fatigue
Craving for certain foods not normally considered a favorite
Frequent urination, particularly at night
Missed or delayed period
Swollen or tender brea.sts
Darkening of the Areolas
If you show these symptoms and suspect you are pregnant, it is important that you contact your doctor. Babies need certain nutrients and monitoring throughout the pregnancy and failure to see a doctor can result in serious medical conditions and even a miscarriage. Even if you are thinking about abortion, you should still consult a doctor in the event that you change your mind.
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, the unexpected does occur. Maybe the condom broke, your birth control failed, or you were simply being unsafe. It is okay though, you do have options if it turns out you are pregnant.
Abortion. You can always choose to abort the child. Sometimes you can't support the baby, are not mature enough to raise a child, or feel that the chances of it getting a good life in the world of adoption is slim. If you do choose this option, it is important that you get counseling afterwords. Some women do suffer from depression after the procedure, but many feel afterwards that it was the right choice for them.
Adoption. You may not want to take away a life, but it can be a distinct possibility that you can't support a baby yet too. Adoption can be a great option, with some adoption agencies and potential parents being willing enough to cover medical costs of the pregnancy, but you must be very certain in your decision. Babies are extremely desirable for potential parents and that means that may become emotionally attached to the child, a problem if you decide at the last second(like many women) that you really do want the child. If you think you might change your mind, this would not be a good idea.
Have the Baby. This option should only be chosen if you feel you are mature enough to raise a baby. Having a child changes your life forever and it means you can't go out every night partying or push the baby off on another. Also, you'll want to consider whether or not you can support a child financially. Children are expensive, costing hundreds of thousands by the time they reach 18, especially babies. If right now you don't have enough money to even support yourself, this probably would not be a good idea.
No matter what happens, it is important that you make this choice for yourself. You need to consider your emotions and your financial situation, not the feelings of others. Remember, this is your body and having a child at the wrong time can ruin your life.