Monday, November 8, 2010

Emotional Upheaval

If you are a teen and unintentionally pregnant, you may be experiencing a wide range of emotions. You may feel terribly sad, depressed, hopeless, fearful, frightened, and even angry because of what happened. You may get intensely angry at the situation, at the child growing inside you, at the boy you had sex with or even at God for allowing it to happen. You may cry as you have never cried in your life. You may feel emotionally drained and exhausted. Or you may feel intense guilt or shame about what is happening.

It is important, however, to understand that all these feelings are normal and natural. It is the way God wired you. Your emotions are a built-in release valve to help you handle deep inner pain. It is important to recognize your feelings and deal with them in a productive way. Otherwise, they can come in out in very unproductive ways that can make you situation seem even worse. The following feelings are very common for teens who are unintentionally pregnant:

Denial: You may live in denial that you are pregnant. You may put off taking a pregnancy test, talking to anyone, or seeing a doctor, even when the early signs seem obvious. You may try to ignore the facts and hope they will just go away. To be continued.

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