Christmas can be one of the most cherished times of year. It's a season filled with joy and gratitude, family and friends, snow-ball fights and hot cocoa…

For a young woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, however, Christmastime can be very difficult and even unwanted.

While everyone else seems "merry and bright," you might be questioning yourself. How can I be pregnant? I'm only 18. Why is this happening to me? We used protection. How can I be a mom? I'm not ready for this. Not right now.

Here are a few things to consider as you cope with an unexpected pregnancy during the holidays.

1. What you're feeling is normal

Do you feel anxious? Worried? Maybe even a little scared? That's ok. In fact, it's normal. It's normal to experience an overwhelming emotional roller coaster after receiving this life-changing news. Or maybe you're feeling numb to it all. That's ok, too.

Everyone responds to pregnancy differently. Give yourself permission to feel all the emotions. If you're a verbal processor, find someone who will listen as you let it all out. If you're more reserved, write down what you're going through in a journal.

2. Set boundaries

While families should provide love and encouragement, they can sometimes be broken or complicated. If you're still living with your parents, you may feel as if you can't set limits on your schedule. However, it's good to make time for yourself. Go for a walk, or shut your bedroom door and take a nap! Set limits on the amount of interaction you can handle as you cope with the big news.

If you live alone, you may be used to hanging out with friends every night or going to parties on the weekends. While these activities can be a nice distraction, they can also be overwhelming when you already have a lot on your mind. Figure out who you're comfortable with and what activities you're up for. Saying "no" to an invitation is ok.

3. Find answers for your questions

How far along am I?

Is my baby ok?

Where can I go to get the support I need?

We have answers for you and would love to walk with you through this pregnancy journey.

Everything we do is free, caring, and confidential.

Give us a call and set up an appointment today! 304-344-4511

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