How Do I Support My Friend Experiencing an Unexpected Pregnancy?

Posted on March 12, 2024 by Metro Women's Care

An unexpected pregnancy can cause a whirlwind of emotions that often make it confusing for a woman to determine whom she can talk to and what to do. If you’re reading this, you have the opportunity to be a shining light in the face of such uncertainty.

Learn more about what you can do to support your friend during this critical time.

Open A Conversation

Choose a quiet, comfortable, and private setting where your friend feels safe to share their feelings and experiences without fear of judgment. Encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings by asking open-ended questions.

Start with general inquiries like “How have you been feeling?” or “What has your experience been like so far?” Show that you are listening through your body-language, and by maintaining eye contact, nodding, and responding appropriately. You can provide an emotional sounding board for them to feel heard and understood.

Offer A Helping Hand

Pregnancy can be physically taxing. Given these challenges, the most valuable support you can offer is practical help with day-to-day responsibilities. Assisting with daily chores, errands, or meals can be a big relief.

If your friend is comfortable with your presence, offer to accompany her to prenatal appointments or classes.

These tasks underscore the importance of community and solidarity during one of life's most transformative times. You can be the one to ensure that your friend feels loved, supported, and seen through the ups and downs of pregnancy.

Educate Yourself

Understanding the basics of pregnancy can help you empathize with your friend's experience. Knowing about common symptoms or researching options like abortion, adoption, and parenting can make your conversations more meaningful.

One of the best things you can do is research no-cost services such as those at Metro Women’s Care. We offer pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI/STD testing and treatment, and options counseling that could be beneficial for your friend to take advantage of.

Get Additional Support

Suggest to your friend that she gets additional support from medical professionals.

Metro Women’s Care is a medical clinic that can offer a safe and confidential environment for your friend to receive no-cost pregnancy services.

She can contact us at any time to set up an appointment online.

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Metro Women's Care does not perform or refer for abortions.