When you are sexually active and just when you think you are enjoying your life and have no restrictions something turns your life upside down. You have missed your period! A home pregnancy test shows two pink lines or says “Pregnant”. You start wondering how could this happen in spite of following safe period precautions. Well, you have just gotten into what we call “an unplanned pregnancy”.
An unplanned pregnancy occurs when you are not trying for one or not prepared for one. This could be an unintended pregnancy but at the same time not unwanted. This kind of pregnancy can take you through a roller coaster ride of all sorts of emotions like surprise, shock, panic, embarrassment or confusion.
While you feel you had taken all the right steps to avoid pregnancy there could be other reasons that could have caused this.Unplanned pregnancy can happen because of one of the following reasons:
Now that you know you are pregnant, it is essential to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Unplanned pregnancy can get depressing and stressful. It can also scare you if this is your first pregnancy.
In India close to 50% pregnancies are unplanned while in United States this figure is more than 65%. Off these 50%, 11% pregnancies lead to unintended births, 5% cause miscarriages and more than 33% lead to induced abortions. These statistics seem more in favour of negative outcome of an unplanned pregnancy due to reasons like societal pressures, single parenting taboo, lack of counselling approach and so on and so forth. While proportion of pregnancies that are unplanned is relatively high, the need of the hour is to be responsible and aware of an unplanned pregnancy and take it in a right stride.
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