Common Options for Pregnant Women

Pregnant women who are unsure of what to do need to know their options. The most common options are for the mother to raise the baby herself, put the baby up for adoption, or have an abortion. Deciding what to do during a pregnancy is a major decision that will affect a woman for the rest of her life. Below is just a brief overview of these options; women should do more research on the option that fits their needs the best.

Raise the Baby Yourself

Most successful pregnancies result in the woman raising the baby. However, this doesn’t necessarily make it the best or easiest option for everyone. One of the main things that hinder women from raising their own children is money. Luckily, the United States government has many benefit programs for pregnant women and new mothers to help with finances. 

Put the Baby Up for Adoption

An adoption is a great option for women who cannot raise a baby (for whatever reason) but who do not want to get an abortion. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of popular adoption options: open and closed adoptions. Open adoptions allow some level of communication between the mother and child, while closed adoptions usually do not. To know which option works best, a mother should look into the best adoption agency for birthmothers in her area.

Have an Abortion

As of 2021, abortion is still legal in all 50 states. However, getting an abortion may be more difficult in some states versus others because of specific state laws. Depending on how early a woman decides to get an abortion, she can do so by taking “abortion” pills or by having the fetus manually removed in a doctor’s office. This option is best for women who do not want to raise a baby or put up the baby for adoption.

Deciding what to do with a pregnancy is one of the most life-altering decisions a woman can make. It is best that she think through all of her options as thoroughly as possible to make the best decision for herself and her family.