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Unplanned Pregnancy in the First Month

Two Weeks Pregnant and Don’t Want the Baby - What Are My Options?

Finding out about an unplanned pregnancy can be a life-altering moment. You weren’t expecting this to happen, and you most likely didn’t want it. Women from all walks of life experience unplanned, and unwanted, pregnancies. This may disrupt your career goals. It could be financially impossible to parent, or you may not know who the father is.

If you are one, two or even three weeks pregnant and don’t want the baby, there are several options you can choose to deal with this unplanned pregnancy. First things first: breathe. This is surely a stressful moment. There are ways for your life to move on and for you to do something wonderful for the baby.

Whether you are two week pregnant and don’t want a baby or four weeks pregnant and don’t want it,  this guide to your options in the first month of an unplanned pregnancy will give you the guidance you need to get started.

First Steps

Before you do anything else, you should confirm your pregnancy with a doctor. While store-bought tests are reliable, they aren’t perfect. At this early stage of the pregnancy, verifying with a medical professional is the place to begin. Additionally, the timing of pregnancy this early can be confusing and difficult to self-diagnose. You may think you are one week pregnant and don’t want the baby, but are actually 4 weeks pregnant and don’t want it. In fact, if you already know you are pregnant at four weeks, you found out about your pregnancy earlier than most women do.

Confusing? We agree. That’s why you should check with a doctor.

Once you have confirmed your pregnancy, take your time. You have plenty of time to make this decision, so there is no need to rush into it. If you need to spend the next couple weeks considering your unplanned pregnancy options, you can do that. Whatever choice you make, it’s going to make a big impact in your life. Considering all the options thoroughly is worth the patience.

Early Unplanned Pregnancy Options

An unplanned pregnancy, especially if it happens at the worst time possible, can feel devastating. Thankfully, you do have options to choose from, and the earlier you are in your pregnancy, the more of those options you have. Taking advice from friends and family members can be helpful, but this is ultimately your decision. Only you can know what is best for your life, and you have the right to make the choice that is best for you.

When you are one or two weeks into pregnancy and don’t want the baby, you have three basic options.

  • Parenting: Of the nearly 2 million women who experience an unplanned pregnancy each year, the vast majority decide to parent. If parenting is a possibility for you, it is obviously the first choice. This unplanned pregnancy could turn from an accident to a beautiful surprise.

  • Abortion: Every woman in America has the right to choose abortion. Some states have more restrictions on abortion than others, so it is important to learn your state’s laws. In stricter states, you may have to choose abortion earlier in your pregnancy than others. There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing abortion.

  • Adoption: Adoption is a selfless, brave act. It is an opportunity to give your baby a chance at a wonderful life while also giving yourself the chance to move forward with your own life. Adoption is always free to you. While it is not always easy, many birth mothers say it is the best choice they could’ve made.

One to Four Weeks Pregnant and Don’t Want the Baby: Choosing Adoption

You may know immediately that parenting isn’t possible for you. That leaves you with a choice: abortion or adoption. Each year, thousands of women choose both. Adoption is a beautiful act of love made by a caring mother, and it could be the best option for your unplanned pregnancy.

When you are two or three weeks pregnant and don’t want the baby, or know that you can’t raise a baby right now, adoption has several significant advantages.

When you go through the adoption process with American Adoptions, you are in charge. You get to make decisions, like which family you want to adopt your baby and what level of communication you’d like to have post-placement. Choosing adoption is taking charge of your unplanned pregnancy in a proactive way.

Speak With a Professional Today

This is all probably overwhelming. The emotions of an unplanned pregnancy alone can be too much, and now there is all of this information. The big point, though, is that you don’t have to make your choice right away if you are three weeks pregnant and don’t want the baby. You have time to decide, no matter which option is best for you.

At this early point, the best thing you can do is gather more information. Speaking to a qualified professional can be very helpful. You can call 1-800-ADOPTION at any time to speak with an adoption specialist. Calls are completely free, and our adoption specialists will never pressure you to choose adoption. If you’d rather not call, you can always request more free information online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is American Adoptions the right adoption agency choice for many birth mothers?

American Adoptions is one of the largest licensed adoption agencies in the United States. Each year, we work with thousands of women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer assistance to these women. Our large, caring staff is able to assist you seven days a week and provide you with one-on-one counseling about your pregnancy and available options.

You should choose an adoption agency where you feel completely comfortable with their services and staff. With American Adoptions, you will work with an Adoption Specialist who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Adoption Specialist will be your advocate and will provide support and guidance as you create an adoption plan that is right for you.

How will the family tell my child about me and the adoption when my child is older?

Each family has their own style of introducing adoption to the child. When you are matched with an adoptive family, you can ask them this question. If you would like your Adoption Specialist to discuss it for you, just let her know. He or she can share your wishes or provide good ideas from other adoptive families.

You will also be able to share what you want your baby to know about you. You can complete a keepsake booklet to share hobbies, stories, photos of you and your family and a letter to your baby. The adoptive family can provide this to your child as he or she grows older. Be as creative as you like! Some birth mothers have even knitted a special blanket as a gift to their baby or given a similar symbol of their love.

The father of your baby can fill out the birth father's keepsake booklet or write a letter too. You may have other family members who would also like to share photos or a letter to the baby. This is your opportunity to pass on your and your family's love and to share your personality, history and reasons for choosing adoption. The adoptive family will treasure whatever information you provide and will share it with the baby at an appropriate age. In most adoptive homes, the word adoption is in the child's vocabulary early on, and adoption is celebrated in their lives.

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