Your body, your decision!

by Anonymous

May 19, 2021

I found out I was pregnant about 2 weeks ago. I’m 24 years old and not financially ready to become a mom. I had been dating this guy for about 3 months. I missed my period but did not think much of it due to my cycle being irregular. However, a more days kept passing without a period which started to concern me. I would have cramps but no period. I noticed I started becoming nauseous but would not throw up. I was concerned but I would tell myself it was all in my head.

2 weeks before I found I was pregnant the guy I was dating and I stopped talking. I found out he was lying to me and was being sneaky behind my back. So when I found out I was pregnant I knew I could not have his baby. I put so much thought into going through with the pregnancy but I knew that would be so hard on me. I immediately made an appt with doctor and found out I was 7 weeks pregnant. I was referred to Planned Parenthood right away.

The day of my appt came and I was extremely nervous. There was protesters outside, which was something I had never seen before. When I walked in they took my information down and immediately started the process.  I was taken to the back to check my vitals and for the counseling part of the procedure. I was asked a bunch of questions such as if I was being forced to abort and if this was my decision. After this I was taken to another room for the ultrasound process. I received a vaginal ultrasound rather a belly ultrasound. I was asked if I wanted to see the sonogram and of course I said no. Then I was taken to another room to have the IV inserted in me which did not take long. After this I was taken to a waiting room where I waited for almost 2 hours before having the procedure done. Finally the time came when I was taken to the room where the procedure was going to take place. The doctor and nurses were all so nice which made me feel so much better. I went under sedation and the last thing I remember was the doctor talking to me about what I was going to eat after this since you can’t eat anything before your procedure (I was STARVING) the next thing I know I wake up in the recovery room with my nurse asking me how I was doing. I did not feel no type of pain whatsoever. I was spotting a little bit but I was good to go home. However when I got home I got some cramps, stronger than usual. I took pain meds and went to sleep for about 2 hours! When I woke up I still felt some cramps but not as much as before but I felt great.

Looking back at it, I know I made the right decision not only for myself but also for the child. It’d be unfair of me to bring a child into this world in the situation that I was in. I know I want to be a mom one day, but not like this! I’m glad I’m able to have a choice.

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