Finding out that you're pregnant when you hadn't planned to be can be very stressful, no matter what your circumstances. On top of the shock, your body is changing rapidly. This article contains information to help you with the next steps if you are in this situation.
1. Being sure
If you think you are pregnant, the first thing to do is to find out for sure by taking a pregnancy test. A positive result is almost definitely correct. A negative result is not always accurate though, so you should do another test a week later to be certain.
If you live near our centre in Twickenham, London, you can visit us for a free pregnancy test. Otherwise, see alongside for your options. If you’ve had unprotected sex in the last 72 hours, find out straight away about emergency contraception.
2. Deciding what to do
Your next step is to decide what to do about the pregnancy. This can be very difficult, and it is best to have as much support as possible during this time.
You may want to tell your partner, or talk it over with family and friends. Many women unfortunately feel they have no-one to confide in though. A centre like ours can help. It may also be easier for someone who is not connected to your situation to offer clear information and the unbiased support you need.
3. Who you can talk to
a. On the phone - You can call our helpline on 020 8892 8483* any time. If for some reason we can't take your call, leave a message and we will call you back within 24 hours. You can let us know a good time to call in your voicemail. We have a team of trained listeners who will listen carefully to you, and help you to talk about how you feel. We can also help you with information about your options and next steps.
b. In person - If you live locally, you can visit our centre by making an appointment. We will spend as much time with you as you need, and you can visit as many times as you need to. We will also support you whatever decision you make - with help during your pregnancy, or post abortion, for instance. Alternatively, you can find your local centre on the Care Confidential website (a national network of centres such as ours).
c. Online - You can also chat to a trained listener using the secure, confidential Online Advisor service on the Care Confidential website.
* NB we can't refer for abortion, but do signpost local services (more...)