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Get support for an unexpected pregnancy from a helpline in Northern Ireland.

If your pregnancy was unplanned, you may be considering what to do next. Falling pregnant unexpectedly is quite common but it can be experienced in different ways by different women. If you're battling with any of the following, help is available from one of 2 hotlines in Northern Ireland.

  • Feeling concerned about your financial situation if you go through with the pregnancy.
  • Being unsure of how to tell your partner or your family, or whether you should.
  • Feeling low and depressed.
  • Being reluctant to change your lifestyle to accommodate a baby.
  • Feeling overwhelmed by all the options and having to make a decision.
  • Feeling unprepared to go through with the pregnancy and to raise a baby.
  • Feeling unsure about the options that are available to you.
  • Feeling both positive and negative emotions at the thought of going through with the pregnancy.

Not every woman will respond to an unplanned pregnancy in the same way. Some women may feel devastated, while others may feel indifferent, and others feel happy – or a combination of all three. There's no shame in feeling the way you do, whatever that looks like.

Finding out you're pregnant when it wasn't planned can put you in a difficult position. If you're not ready to tell anyone about it, you may feel alone. However, helpine counselors and volunteers are available in Northern Ireland to offer a listening ear and zero-judgment support, no matter where you are in your decision-making process.


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