Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy can be overwhelming. Watching a close friend navigate an unplanned pregnancy can be equally difficult and confusing if you’re unsure how to offer help or support.
Friendships are life-giving and can significantly benefit people’s emotional and physical health. If your friend struggles with an unplanned pregnancy, she probably needs you now more than ever. Here are a few simple suggestions to guide you as you support and encourage your friend during this time.
Take Time to Listen
Your friend is likely juggling many important decisions regarding her pregnancy. A comforting, listening ear is a wonderful way to support your friend. Ask her how she’s feeling and how you can help.
It’s best to resist offering your convictions, opinions, or judgment about your friend’s situation unless she asks directly. Listening intently will convey the loyalty and trust needed to invite deeper conversations about the unplanned pregnancy.
Friends can feel loved and supported in many different ways. Your friend may enjoy going out to a fun event on the weekend or prefer to grab tea in a quaint bookstore. However, ensure she knows you’re there for her. Calling or texting regularly to ask if she’s feeling sick or tired can go a long way.
Above all else, show support for her as she navigates her pregnancy options.
We’re Here For Your Friend
If your friend has not yet confirmed her pregnancy test result, encouraging her to make an appointment is the next step. Offer to join her for the appointment, as any difficult journey is always easy with a close friend along.
Appointments can be made by calling our 24/7 helpline anytime at 1-800-550-4900 or online.
Help is just a phone call away!