When confronted with an unexpected pregnancy, the first thing to do is to take a deep breath. This moment may feel overwhelming, but it’s essential to address it calmly. 

While a pregnancy decision ultimately lies with the woman, there’s a lot you can do to help support her during this time.

Open A Dialogue

You should engage in an open dialogue with your partner. Begin by asking how she feels, which can lead to a more empathetic and constructive conversation. It’s about offering your support, genuinely understanding her emotional state, and discussing your future with honesty and care.

While it’s natural to ponder how this pregnancy will impact your life, it’s equally important to consider the changes she will be experiencing.

Get Informed About Options

Educating yourself about the options ahead is vital. Whether it’s parenting, abortion, or adoption, each path has its own set of considerations and consequences. 

If parenting is the choice, consider the financial and emotional readiness to raise a child, including the possibility of altering your plans for the child’s well-being. 

When considering abortion, recognize the emotional and physical implications for both of you and suggest talking to us at A Hope Center to get more informed.

In the case of adoption, understand the legal and emotional aspects of letting go of parental rights and determine how involved you want to be in the process.

Be There For Her

The best thing you can do is be there for your partner. Even if you don’t continue the relationship, you can offer much by not letting her feel like she’s going through this alone.

Consider going to appointments at a pregnancy center with her, running errands for her, or simply providing a presence to voice her thoughts and feelings.

Any preparation you’ve done beforehand, such as gathering information, will help her feel guided and like you’re working as a unit. You can show her what a great support system you can be for her.

Getting Outside Support

Recommend your partner obtain medical-grade pregnancy testing and an ultrasound to confirm key pregnancy details and potential options. You can do this at A Hope Center at no cost. Contact us today to access these services. 

We’ll also provide support and resource information to help regardless of the decision.

A Hope Center can also offer you support as a man. We have a weekly series to equip men, fathers, and fathers-to-be.

A Hope Center does not provide or refer for abortions.