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I’m Pregnant But My Partner Doesn’t Want to Help. What Can I Do?

Learning you’re pregnant can leave you feeling scared and worried, and finding out your partner is not supportive can feel even more overwhelming.

The good news is you are not alone. The information below can help guide your conversations with your partner and direct you to the help and support you need.

Responding to Your Partner’s Feelings

When you first told your partner about the pregnancy, they also likely felt panicked, overwhelmed, and maybe even angry. It might just be that they need time to process the news or learn more about what options are available in handling a pregnancy, especially if it was unplanned.

When speaking with your partner, always:

  1. Prioritize Your Safety: If your partner’s responses cause you to feel unsafe, do not hesitate to seek help. Reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE if you need assistance.
  2. Establish Boundaries: Communicate to your partner that you will not be forced into making a decision that you’re not comfortable with. Calmly reinforce the fact that the decision is ultimately yours to make.
  3. Get the Facts: Empower yourself to make the best decision by gathering as much information as possible about your pregnancy and your options. Being knowledgeable about your choice will enable you to discuss it with your partner confidently. This information may also help reassure your partner and address some of their fears or concerns.

Finding Support for Your Pregnancy

Many resources are available to you in your area that are specifically designed to help support you and your pregnancy.

These resources can include:

  • Assistance with the cost of medical appointments and the birth of the baby.
  • Pregnancy and baby supplies, from prenatal supplements to diapers, formula, and baby clothing.
  • Educational and career resources that include parenting classes as well as programs to help you finish school or pursue your career while pregnant. 

In addition to those resources, a community and network of support are ready to help you during your pregnancy and afterward, allowing you to continue to live your life and pursue your dreams. 

Where to Start

With all the information and resources available to help with your pregnancy, knowing where to start can feel confusing.

That’s where A Friend for You can help. We will walk alongside you as you make decisions for your specific situation. 

We can connect you  to the best resources in the community and be a listening ear.  We are  here for you.

Contact us today, if you’re wanting more support, empowerment and encouragement as you make decisions for your future.

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How Will My Body Change During Pregnancy?

One of the biggest questions you may have when you find out you are pregnant is what impact it will have on your body.

Well-known changes will happen to a woman’s body during pregnancy, but remember that every woman’s body is different, and the changes and symptoms you experience can vary.

Early Changes to Your Body

While your body will change throughout pregnancy, many of the significant changes you notice will occur in the early stages of your pregnancy. 

  1. Mood Swings: One of the first noticeable changes your body will experience is a surge in hormones. Your body uses these hormones to grow the pregnancy, but they also impact your emotions. It’s not unusual to experience a rollercoaster of emotions that can range from happiness to worry. 
  2. Morning sickness: The surge in hormones can also lead to the symptom you’ve heard called “morning sickness.” The severity of morning sickness can vary and may come at different times of day other than just in the morning. While it can last longer into a pregnancy, the feeling of being sick or queasy usually goes away after the first 3 months.
  3. Frequent urination: Your body will increase blood flow early in your pregnancy to nourish the growing pregnancy. This increase means your kidneys are working to filter that additional blood, resulting in more frequent urination. 
  4. Fatigue: With all the work your body does to grow your pregnancy and the energy it uses, you will notice you feel more fatigued than usual.

Other Changes During Pregnancy

As your pregnancy grows into the second and third trimester, you will notice more outward changes in your body. 

Your baby bump will grow as your uterus expands to accommodate the developing pregnancy. 

The growth of your uterus will also increase pressure on the bladder, leading to more trips to the bathroom.

You may also notice some swelling in your feet and ankles in the later stage of your pregnancy. 

You’re Not Alone

Experiencing a pregnancy and the associated changes to your body can feel overwhelming and scary. 

But the good news is you don’t have to experience those changes alone; A Friend for You staff are here to help.

Our team is made up of women who know the fear and apprehension of pregnancy. We are prepared to give you the help you need–from providing essential information to being a listening ear. 

A member of our team will also connect you with resources in the community, all things that can empower you to make the best decision for your future and your health. 

Contact us today to get the answers and peace of mind you need.

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What Do I Need to Know if I’m Pregnant in High School?

Finding out you are pregnant while still in high school can feel overwhelming and scary. You may be wondering if abortion is your only option, or if it’s possible to finish school while pregnant, and what a pregnancy means for your future.

The good news is you are not alone. There are resources and support that can help you wade through the confusion and get the answers you need. Read on to find out more.

You Have Options

First, there are laws that protect you and your rights. Title IX is a law that makes it illegal to discriminate against pregnant women or parents while they are attending school. 

Also, many organizations in your community have resources designed to help you if you are pregnant in school or in the early stages of parenting.

These resources for pregnant students vary from assistance with medical care, career counseling, parenting classes, and much more. 

There are also women’s clinics that will provide free ultrasound scans to confirm your pregnancy—providing you with the valuable information you need to know your options and help you make the best decision for your future.

Where to Start

It can be confusing to know where to begin with getting the information you need about your pregnancy or knowing the resources available to you in your community.

Are you feeling you could use some more support, even though you may have some friends and family you can lean on?  That’s where A Friend for You can help. Our team is made up of women who know the stress and confusion of an unplanned pregnancy and are prepared to give you the help you need–on your terms.  

One of our team members will be the knowledgeable support you need, helping provide the information about resources and options in the community available to you, including where to start getting the details you need about your pregnancy.   

They’ll also be a listening ear, letting you share your thoughts and concerns about your pregnancy and helping you find answers to your questions.

Deciding how to handle an unplanned pregnancy is a big decision that will impact the rest of your life, but you don’t have to be alone while making that decision.

Reach out to us today and start getting the judgment-free help you deserve.

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How Do I Find Pregnancy Resources in My Community?

Gathering information and resources may be the last thing on your mind when you’ve just discovered you’re pregnant. The good news is that we’re here to help you get some ideas on where to start.

Read on to learn more about the types of pregnancy resources and support available in your community.

Types of Pregnancy Resources

There are multiple categories of pregnancy resources and programs available to those who are pregnant, and they can provide for the different types of needs you may encounter.

Government Assistance 

Government assistance can range from health insurance that will pay for your medical care to programs that assist in providing proper nutrition and basic necessities for your pregnancy and your baby after you give birth.

Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinics 

Women’s pregnancy care clinics, sometimes called pregnancy resource centers, are oftentimes specifically dedicated to providing resources to women facing an unplanned pregnancy. 

Some of these resources can be very valuable in the early days of your pregnancy, including free ultrasound scans of your pregnancy, as well as guidance and counseling to answer your questions and help you learn about all your options.

Nonprofit Organizations

Many nonprofits are focused on helping and empowering those who are pregnant to succeed. 

On top of all that, these organizations offer a strong network of support for you from other women who are excited to help you succeed. 

Schools 

If you are still a student, your school may have programs and assistance for you as well. Many schools know the needs of their students can change unexpectedly and have resources already in place for those developments. 

This includes resources that allow those who are pregnant and young moms the opportunity to continue to pursue their education and professional plans.

Where to Get Started

With all the pregnancy resources and support available to you in your community, you may feel confused about where to start.

That’s where A Friend for You can help. We can match you with a member of our team who knows what it’s like to face something overwhelming, like an unplanned pregnancy. 

They’ll listen to your concerns, learn the needs you have, and be able to connect you to the best programs, resources, and organizations to help you with your pregnancy. 

Even more than that, they’ll support you, walk alongside you, and be there for you as you move forward in your pregnancy journey.

Contact us today to get started and be empowered to make the best decision for your future.

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Aren’t You Just Another Program? What to Expect When Enrolling?

There’s no short list of to-dos if you find yourself pregnant in unplanned circumstances. You may be wondering: What makes our program different?

Our program exists to serve our clients with a combination of practical services and 1-on-1 relationships in a compassionate, pressure-free environment.

Filling the Gap of Pregnancy Support 

Our unique program is here to fill the gap for those who are pregnant who may feel they have nowhere else to turn during an unexpected pregnancy.

Unconditional Support

You will be matched with a caring volunteer mentor who commits to meeting regularly as long as you need support. You determine the frequency you’re comfortable with, with no pressure from your mentor. 

Relationships look like true friendshipmeeting for coffee, going for walks, or attending appointments or going to a community resource together so you have the support you deserve.  The relationship can continue after pregnancy if you want!

Tangible Gifts and Resources

A Friend for You maintains relationships in real ways, like sending cards on the holidays and providing meals you pick out after pregnancy! Fun, surprise gifts are mailed during your pregnancy for encouragement.  Everyone loves a surprise card or package in the mail, right?

Beyond the relationship, your mentor can help connect you with essential services like prenatal care, housing assistance, etc. 

How Do I Qualify for this Program?

There are only two requirements.  If you’re pregnant and are willing to meet regularly with your mentor, then you can join. 

We will identify your immediate needs and provide resources or referrals to address those.

Then we’ll explain the program more in-depth and answer any questions you have. We want to listen to you to hear your concerns or needs.  If you want to join, we will then connect you with someone within 24 hours.  

We will email you information about your mentor, a picture, and a gift to welcome you to the program even before your first meeting! 

Next Steps

Every woman deserves to feel supported and loved during her pregnancy. The combination of emotional and practical support of our Friendship Program is designed to ensure no one has to undergo this experience alone. 

Contact us today to learn more!

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What Does It Mean To Be ‘A Friend’?

It can feel lonely and isolating as you are unsure who is safe to talk to about your pregnancy. Especially in the beginning, you may find it difficult to relay your feelings to your loved ones.

That’s why we established A Friend for You…

What is a Friend for You? 

Sometimes just being able to talk out loud to someone is helpful in processing your thoughts and feelings. 

And it’s that much easier to do that when you can talk freely with a friend who won’t judge you, get upset, or share your conversation with your other friends.

That’s what it means to be ‘A Friend’ and what you’ll find at A Friend for You.

Our team knows what it’s like to experience an unplanned pregnancy and is here for you, listening to all your questions and concerns and being there for you as you decide the best option for your future.

How it Works?

When you contact us, we match you with ‘A Friend’ to journey with you.

This friend is there as a listening ear, letting you share your fears and talk through your thoughts and emotions about your pregnancy.

Even more than that, thanks to our network in the community, she can also connect you with the valuable resources you’ll need to make the best decision for your health and future. 

Everything from knowing the best health clinics in your area that provide free pregnancy test confirmation and ultrasound scans to what resources and programs are available to you at your school and in your community.

Get the Support You Deserve  

You are not alone. 

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and unsure who to talk to, contact our team at A Friend for You. 

We will be the friend who is there to help and support you, walking alongside you and empowering you to make the best decision about your pregnancy. 

Contact us today to find the friend you deserve for this journey.

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Without Support, How Do I Raise a Child?

One of the biggest concerns you may have dealing with an unexpected pregnancy is the lack of support available in your life.

You may be worried because your partner left or will leave when they discover your pregnancy. You may not have a network of extended family or friends ready to help.

The good news is that you don’t have to face this alone. There are many resources available and people who will support you—all within your community.

What Kind of Support is Available to Me?

Many programs and resources are in place nationwide to empower those who are pregnant and those with children to finish school, pursue their careers, and continue with their lives and dreams.

Some of these programs and resources include: 

  • Government Assistance: this can range from programs to pay for medical care to programs that assist with proper nutrition and basic necessities for your pregnancy and beyond.
  • Nonprofits: Many nonprofits help pregnant women thrive with programs aiding in life skills and career building as well as material resources you may be looking for. More than that, they provide a strong support network of other women committed to seeing you succeed.
  • Schools: Many schools understand the changing needs of their students and have specific resources to allow pregnant women or young moms the ability to continue their education and career goals. 

Getting Support from A Friend for You 

With all the options and opportunities available, it can be challenging to know where to start. The good news is we can help and connect you to material and professional  resources you need.  

The team at A Friend for You knows what it’s like to be facing an unplanned pregnancy and can match you with a friend to support you throughout your pregnancy.

Wondering what having a matched friend might be like during this time? Read a few of our client stories.

You’re not in this alone. Contact us today to learn more about our program.

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How Do I Decide What to Do With My Unplanned Pregnancy?

If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you likely feel scared and confused. It can be overwhelming trying to understand what options are available and what choice is best.

Your decision will impact your future and your health, but there are steps you can take that can help you make the best choice. Read on to learn more about these steps. Or, if you’re looking for pregnancy support, contact A Friend for You to receive free pregnancy support and encouragement.

Get the Facts You Need

Gathering all the facts you can about your pregnancy is one of the first steps toward taking control of the decisions around your unplanned pregnancy.

Pregnancy Testing and/or Ultrasound

The first fact to gather is whether you’re, in fact, pregnant. Confirming your pregnancy with a medical-quality pregnancy test from a women’s health clinic is important. Many clinics offer these tests free of charge at their offices, ensuring the result is 99.9% accurate.  

Once you confirm your pregnancy, a follow-up ultrasound scan is recommended. This scan can provide valuable information about your pregnancy that will determine what options are available to you.  

Get the Support You Need  

Finding out you are facing an unplanned pregnancy can make you feel isolated and alone, unsure of who to talk to—but that doesn’t have to be the case.

If you are uncomfortable with talking to your partner or family and friends about your pregnancy, the team at A Friend for You is here to help.

Not only can we direct you to health clinics in your area that will provide free pregnancy testing and ultrasound scans, but we are here to provide you one-on-one support and listen to your concerns.  You’ll have a friend, regardless of what you choose for your future. 

We can also direct you to resources and community programs that are specifically designed for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Remember, you are not alone, and you do not need to feel rushed into a decision by your partner or others. It’s your future, so the decision of how to handle an unplanned pregnancy is your choice to make. 

Contact A Friend for You today and get the answers and support you need to be empowered to make the best decision for you.

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Where Can I Get Support During My Pregnancy?

Finding out you are pregnant with an unplanned pregnancy can feel very scary and overwhelming. You can also feel alone and isolated, unsure about whom to talk to or where to go to find help and answers.

The good news is that you are not alone, and there are a multitude of resources and programs to help you navigate an unplanned pregnancy.

Getting the Help and Answers You Need

In today’s modern America, women facing an unplanned pregnancy can not only get support, but can be empowered to continue their life, education, or career thanks to a large network of organizations—from government programs to nonprofits to women’s medical clinics.

Some of these programs and resources include:

  • Government Assistance: this can range from programs to pay for medical care to programs that assist in providing proper nutrition and basic necessities for your pregnancy.
  • Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinics: Many of these clinics have specific resources dedicated to women facing an unplanned pregnancy and can provide things like pregnancy testing and ultrasound scans free of charge.
  • Nonprofits: Many nonprofits are dedicated to empowering pregnant women to succeed and have programs that can assist you in everything from resources for your pregnancy to parenting classes to career-building skills. More than that, they provide a strong support network of other women committed to seeing you succeed.
  • Schools: Many schools understand the changing needs of their students and have specific resources to allow pregnant women or young moms the ability to continue their education and career goals.

Getting Started

As you can see, the good news is that there is an abundance of resources and support  available if you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, but it can be hard to know where to start.

That’s where the staff at A Friend for You can help. Our team is composed of women who know what it’s like to face an unplanned pregnancy, and they know all the resources and programs available to you. 

Not only can we direct you to the organizations and programs best suited for your specific journey, we can also be a listening ear as you decide what the best decision is for your health and future.

You’re not alone—contact us today to start getting the answers and help you need.

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How Do I Tell My Parents I’m Pregnant?

Telling your parents you’re pregnant can be scary and intimidating. Not knowing how they will react can make you much more uneasy—will they cry, be upset, or both? 

Just as you felt overwhelmed and confused when you first discovered you were pregnant, your parents will also feel those same emotions. Their minds will start racing with what your pregnancy means for you, your future, and ultimately, the family. 

The Best Way to Tell Your Parents

First, don’t wait too long. Some pregnancies face complications, and if there is a situation where your pregnancy needs medical attention, you’ll want to make sure your parents are aware so they can help you make informed decisions about your health.

Also, the longer you wait, the higher the risk they will find out about your pregnancy from someone else, which can hurt them and complicate an already complicated situation.

When telling your parents, try to find a time when they are in a suitable environment physically and emotionally. Find a quiet, private place rather than a public setting with others around. 

You’ll also want to talk to them when they are calm, not upset about something else, or distracted by another situation.

One important note: Your safety is the top priority—if you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel like you are in physical danger, then call 911 right away and attempt to get to a safe place.

Have the Facts

One of the best ways to address your parent’s fears—and your own—is to know the facts about your pregnancy and options.

Knowing important details like how far along you are, if the pregnancy is viable, and what options you have can answer some of their immediate questions and concerns.

Sharing these details and ways your parents can support you can help reassure them about how your family will handle your pregnancy.

We’re Here to Help

The team at A Friend for You knows how overwhelming it can feel to face an unplanned pregnancy and the fear of how loved ones will react. That’s why we are here to help you get the answers and support you need. 

Our staff can connect you with trusted health clinics that can provide free pregnancy tests and ultrasound scans to confirm your pregnancy and give you the crucial details to find what options are available.

We can also guide you to local programs and resources that can help both you and your family as you navigate this decision. 

Through it all, we are here for you, listening and helping you process all the feelings and concerns of an unplanned pregnancy. 

Schedule an appointment today, or text or call us at 970.481.4787 and start getting the help and answers you need.