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Unplanned Pregnancy and Stress

Unplanned Pregnancy and Stress

Unplanned pregnancy and stress go hand in hand. The stress levels in unplanned pregnancy are very high and it depends on the cause and timing of the unplanned pregnancy. Stressful condition is detrimental for the health and one is not able to think rationally under stress. Being stress free is the mantra for reaching a decision. Here are some ways by which you can deal with the stress during unplanned pregnancy.

Pregnancy is naturally accompanied by a whole lot of worries regarding factors that are directly or indirectly related to the present and future of the unborn child. When you plan a pregnancy, the issues are somewhat sorted out and if it is an unplanned one, the stress escalates to unprecedented levels.

It is natural to get freaked out when you are faced with an unplanned pregnancy when you are not prepared or not in a position to bring up a child. But since this is a situation that cannot be undone, it is in the best interest for the mother as well as the child, that is if you have decided to complete the term, that you are stress free. This will help you to make the correct decision and deal with the situation with a clear mind.

Stress Due to Unplanned Pregnancy

Unplanned pregnancy and the ensuing stress can occur due to several reasons.

Unplanned Pregnancy in Adolescent Girl

If it is an adolescent girl, then the girl may or may not be a minor. Even if she is physiologically equipped but mentally, she may not be prepared to deal with pregnancy and the impact of it in her later life. Only when she discovers the fact that she gets stressed out and feels that she has dropped into a dark hole.

Unplanned Pregnancy Due to Rape

If the unplanned pregnancy is a result of rape, the woman has to take a call on the future of the unborn child. It is a deeply traumatic situation for the woman as she is yet to overcome the emotional scar of the crime and now she has to bear the consequence of the wrongdoing of some act where she was not a willing partner. The stress factor is doubled up several times in her case. 

Unplanned Pregnancy before Marriage

The unplanned pregnancy can happen to a woman before marriage and in this case, she is stressed out due to the fact that she might be isolated and ostracized for becoming an unwed mother. The pregnancy can result from a casual sexual encounter or an indulgence where she overlooked the need of contraceptives.

Unplanned Pregnancy after Marriage

Unplanned pregnancy in married women can cause stress when the couple is not prepared to start a family due to a variety of reasons. It becomes a cause of stress when they are at a dilemma on whether to go ahead with the pregnancy or terminate it.

The mother needs to be in a balanced state. The fact cannot be denied that it is the woman who is going to be most impacted by whether she terminates the pregnancy or goes ahead with it. Feeling scared or isolated due to an unplanned pregnancy is obvious, but it is equally important to make an informed decision. For this, you need to look for ways that will help you cope up with the stress. The first step is to accept the fact and then seek unbiased and non-judgmental support. This can come from a professional counselor, a close family member or a friend. Whatever the choice she makes, it is necessary that she is totally committed to it otherwise, she might have to deal with an eternal lament or bitterness.

How to Deal with Stress due to Unplanned Pregnancy

Here is how you can deal with stress due to unplanned pregnancy.  

You Need a Mentor to Help you Deal with the Stress - Discuss your situation and in the process your thoughts will clear out. You will find yourself in a less stressful condition when you are able to share your feelings with someone who cares to listen to and offer advice that is in your best interest.

Get into Research – You need to learn on how your body reacts to a pregnancy. Educate yourself with the details so that you do not get further worked up when you notice the changes in your body and system.

Whether you have decided to let the baby be adopted after it is born or foster care, make sure that you know the laws related to either of these propositions. Once you know how to proceed, your stress will reduce automatically.

Finally, Never Lose Trust in Yourself – Whatever you decide regarding the unplanned pregnancy, it should be your decision and you need to feel contended with it. Believe the fact that you have every right to lead life on your own terms; only that you should ensure that you are not harming anyone in the process and that includes you.

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Kroma.6 years ago
it is best to use protection than be stressed about pregnancy.
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Cynthia Seez.6 years ago
Ya i agree stress is synonymous with unplanned pregnancy. I too experienced it and after that one episode i have been very careful.
Sindhu.6 years ago
Stress is common with unplanned pregnancy so it can be released by sharing the feelings with someone.
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