Did your partner tell you she’s pregnant?
If your partner recently told you she’s pregnant, you’re likely feeling overwhelmed with difficult emotions and questions. If the following worries sound familiar, you’re not alone:
“We used protection. How did this happen?”
“What if it’s not mine?”
“What if I’m not ready to be a father?”
“What if I want to parent but my partner doesn’t? Do I have legal rights?”
Feeling unsure and nervous about this unplanned pregnancy is normal, but at PSIC, we’re here for you. We offer free pregnancy resources for you and your partner, and we also provide pregnancy information that can help you both make a confident decision moving forward.
What Should I Do Now?
If you recently found out that your partner is pregnant, it’s essential to verify the pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound. At PSIC, we offer these resources for free.
If your partner believes she is pregnant, don’t delay in seeking pregnancy verification. Otherwise, her health and safety could be at risk. Pregnancy verification by ultrasound will show the location of the pregnancy, which is important for ruling out a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy. Ultrasound can also show the age of the pregnancy, which will dictate what pregnancy options are available. Contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment.
If your partner’s pregnancy test and ultrasound come back positive, we also provide an Options Consultation that will walk you and your partner through your pregnancy options and allow you both to ask questions.
Your partner is likely feeling just as overwhelmed as you, and she needs your support and encouragement now more than ever. Attending appointments with her and making sure she has what she needs are fundamental ways you can help.
I’m Not ready to be a parent. What can i do?
If you’re not ready to parent, you might be asking the following questions:
- Do I have legal responsibilities as the father?
- Will I have parental rights?
- How can I support my partner and the baby?
These worries and questions are normal. If your partner wants to parent but you don’t feel ready, numerous community programs can help you prepare for fatherhood. Contact PSIC today to learn more about these resources.