Depending on your circumstances, the upcoming holidays can be a joyous celebration or one long, dreaded experience. It can be particularly tough if you are facing this year’s holiday season with an unexpected pregnancy. Setting boundaries ahead of time with those who know is one way to handle it. Read on to learn more.
Understand Your Emotions
One sign of pregnancy is moodiness. Hormones flood your body, which can make you unusually emotional and sensitive. If you feel overwhelmed, give yourself the freedom to excuse yourself from events.
Your feelings are normal. Prioritize your emotions and set your limits.
No, You Don’t Have to Talk About It
Give yourself the freedom not to answer questions if you don’t want to. If the current family or friend gossip includes your pregnancy, you are not obligated to give them more information. This is your story.
Holiday Snacks May Not Be for You
Another early symptom of pregnancy is nausea. You may be sensitive to certain smells, and your taste buds may have changed. If people ask why you aren’t eating, you can say, “I’m not hungry.” No one needs an explanation.
Find an Ally
Asking someone you trust to stick close during family events can give you the strength you need. Whether your family is aware of your pregnancy or not, a faithful friend or family member by your side protects you from unwanted questions or prying eyes.
Put Your Feet Up
The holidays can be crazy. Shopping, parties, food, and gift-giving all add to the stress. You are likely to be tired during pregnancy. It’s vital to take time to put your feet up and relax.
Are You Still Deciding What To Do?
What to do about your unexpected pregnancy is a big decision, and we don’t want you to feel like you have to make it on your own. If you haven’t decided on your pregnancy outcome, it’s critical to get the facts about all of your options.
Although we do not provide or refer for abortion, we will give you evidence-based information about the procedures, side effects, and potential risks. It’s vital to know what to expect. We can also share resources and referrals if you are interested in placing your child for adoption or choosing to parent.
We want you to be able to make an informed decision without financial pressure. All of our pregnancy-related services are free and confidential.
Call your nearest Pregnancy Test Center location or request an appointment online. We’re here for you.