The best way to support your friend experiencing an unexpected pregnancy is to listen to her intently, support her loyally, and spend time with her consistently. Your friend is in need of hope and connection, and she will likely be tempted to isolate herself from her loved ones. Don’t let her. Be with her often, and encourage her to make an empowered, informed decision.
Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center exists to bring education and resources to women facing unexpected pregnancies, so they can be confident as they make their pregnancy decisions.
Bring your friend to our center! Find out how to support your friend experiencing an unexpected pregnancy.
Practical Tips for Helping a Friend with an Unplanned Pregnancy
Listen to Her
How many times have you felt as if the person you are opening up to is merely thinking of the next thing to say rather than intently listening to you? This is the common practice for today’s generation. Being a good listener isn’t always easy, but it proves to be foundational in a healthy friendship. To be a friend to someone with an unplanned pregnancy, turn your focus to listening.
Pay attention to the feelings that are expressed with her words and tone. Ask questions about her feelings and the thoughts running in her mind. Listen to her heart without judgment and refrain from sharing advice; your compassion is what she needs more than anything.
Share with honesty if she does ask for your wisdom. However, your gentle presence is likely what she really needs rather than your personal advice.
It is undeniably painful to witness your friend in pain. With this, giving her time to compose her feelings will help her make the best decision for her. As her friend, supporting her through this life change requires your nearness, loyalty, and intentional, judgment-free listening.
You can support your friend by staying with her at her house as a reminder that she is not walking through this alone. Surprise her with her favorite drink or sweet treat. Display your devotion to her friendship by sharing with her that she has your unconditional love and support.
If she asks for your advice about her situation, offer your opinion, but never tell her what to do. Encourage her that she needs to make her own decision.
Be With Her
One of the first things your friend should do is schedule an appointment at Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center. Show your support by helping her schedule and go to the appointment. She likely feels that she is unable to do this alone. You can display your support by accompanying her to her appointment. Your presence can bring her an abundance of comfort and help her make the best pregnancy decision for herself.
We Are Here For You
When we welcome you and your friend into Turlock Pregnancy and Health Center, we will provide her with no-cost, confidential pregnancy testing and an ultrasound. After confirming her pregnancy, a nurse will provide important information about the pregnancy’s viability, age, and location. Our kind and compassionate staff will guide her through any questions and offer support as she considers her options.
Discovering you are unexpectedly pregnant can be an emotional experience. You have an opportunity to be the supportive friend that she desperately needs in this season. Make an appointment with us today. We want to help you be a friend to her by providing no-cost confidential services, support, and resources to empower her in this decision.