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Pregnancy isn't easy, especially if it's unplanned. Some pregnant women find themselves alone and unsupported by family and friends. Some don't know to whom or where to turn. While you can't change the minds of your loved ones, it's important to remember that you do have resources for support surrounding you. Help is available to you; you just have to know where to look and whom to ask.
Visiting your doctor should be your number one priority when you first confirm your pregnancy. If you get regular gynecology check-ups, make an appointment with your existing physician. Your doctor will be able to determine how far along you are, the blood type of the baby, and even when the baby is due. This type of information is going to be very useful to you as you move through your pregnancy journey.
Some women can't afford the costs of prenatal care. It can quickly add up and become a heavy burden. It can include routine doctor's visits, tests and labs, and needed medications. Acquiring health insurance is a great way to decrease your out-of-pocket reponsibility. However, not everyone can afford insurance or is eligible for state medical insurance. Even so, there are other resources out there to help you financially. Get in contact with local charities or church organizations. They may have a fund to help women in need. If you're unable to find the local monetary assistance you need, make arrangements for a payment plan with your hospital and your doctor. Most are more than willing to offer affordable payment plans that fit your budget.
Once you've visited your doctor, it's time to find the help you need. If you're experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and you'd like to discuss and fully understand your options, consider visiting a local crisis pregnancy center or actively participating in pregnancy counseling. They should be able to help you sort through your options and help you determine which is the best choice for your specific situation. They can give you the support you need, support that you may not be received from friends and family members.
Another problem you may face during your pregnancy is finding affordable maternity clothing that fits well. While some women can continue to fit in pre-pregnancy clothing throughout their pregnancy, this isn't the case for everyone. Buying an entire wardrobe of maternity clothes can be difficult and quite expensive. But, there are ways around that. Consider shopping at second-hand stores or online auctions sites. You can even arrange a swap group--trading maternity clothing after you're in a different stage of pregnancy and growth. Not only will you have maternity clothes that fit and are affordable, you'll be able to clean out your closet and help other pregnant women in your area.
While you may feel alone, you're not. There are people and organizations around you that can help and want to help. Reach out to them and let them help you. There's no reason to feel embarrassed. Everyone needs help or support at some point in his/her life. Accept help, even if it's just to get back on your feet, and then move forward with hope, happiness, and mental and emotional clarity.