What is it?

An unintended pregnancy is a pregnancy that is not planned.

A chance pregnancy brings up a lot of emotions – even for women who know what they want. For some, it can result in a wanted birth. Others may struggle with the idea of a pregnancy, despite wanting to be pregnant in the future or already having children.

Remember, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to proceed. Only you can know what’s best for you and your family.

If you are struggling with an unplanned pregnancy, there are services to help.


What will my GP do now?

After confirming your pregnancy, your GP will discuss your options. You may know what you want to do. Or, you may need more time to think about your plans.

Your GP will also check your general health, risk factors, medicines, and health history.

You may need blood and urine tests as well as a dating scan. Your GP may give you information about managing a healthy pregnancy, as well as foods and substances to avoid.


What will my GP do in the future?

It’s important you return to your GP when you are ready to discuss your decision and the next steps.

Your GP will plan a follow-up visit to discuss:

  • General pregnancy care
  • Termination options and follow-up care
  • Counselling
  • Long-term contraception

Your GP will also talk to you about:

  • Future pregnancies
  • Cervical pap smear
  • Tests, including any results of sexually transmitted infections screens

Talk to your GP about your feelings, and ask about support. Consider counselling as it can help if you are finding it hard to make a decision.


What can I do?

Dealing with an unintended pregnancy is an emotional time.

  • Take your time – you don’t have to decide straight away
  • Learn about the options – so you can make an informed decision
  • Look after your health – and get any necessary tests done
  • Stop drinking alcohol – as alcohol can harm a developing baby
  • Speak to a counsellor – to help you cope