Getting an Abortion

When I first found out I was pregnant, I was devastated. During that time, I was set to move to China and start a new life and career. I had my visa documents and everything. All I was waiting on was my plane ticket. Then I found out I was pregnant. That brought everything to a screeching halt.

I was getting medical checks regularly because you have to be in good health. The doctor kept saying my blood pressure was high and I have never had high blood pressure. I thought maybe because I was stressed and I also didn’t like her. Unbeknownst to me, I was pregnant.

I found out I was pregnant on August 13, 2017. My period was late by a day or two and I just knew I was pregnant. I took a pregnancy test and it came back positive. I laughed it off and took another. It came back positive too. I immediately stopped breathing. I literally felt my heart stop. I wasn’t ready to be a mom nor did I want to be one. I didn’t want kids.

My first stop was to my mother’s house because I was going painting with her and my grandmother that day. I told my mom through my tears and trying to catch my breath. If you know my mom, you know she was hella excited, this being her first grandbaby and all. I also told my brother and stepdad who were there. They were all supportive. Then I told my baby’s father and that’s when things changed.

We agreed upon me getting an abortion because I had life plans and so did he. I was going to fucking China!!! So, I called the abortion clinic and went the next day. I just knew I was doing the right thing until I got there. I won’t mention the clinic but it was small and not very attractive. I waited in the waiting room for what felt like hours.

Once I was called back, I sat in this hallway with a bunch of other women. The woman sitting next to me was telling a woman who was crying that she’ll be fine. She had had several abortions with her boyfriend and she turns out fine every time. That’s when reality set in. Women actually do this to fix what they consider a “mistake”. Some even do it repeatedly with no remorse. At that point I wanted to leave, but I stayed. Something told me to stay.

I looked a few seats down and there was this room I kept seeing women come out of with a nurse. These women were in a daze and could barely walk. That’s when I realized we were by the operating room. We were also by the back door where the women went out of once the abortion was done.

I started to really panic. By that point a nurse called me in to get an ultrasound. They couldn’t find the baby on the screen. I began to breathe hoping that meant those pregnancy tests were wrong. Then they made me take a pre test and blood test. The pee test came back as a light positive and I had to wait 24 hours for the blood test.

After that I went and saw a counselor and she explained to my how the operation worked and how the pill worked. Both options sounded horrific. I was mortified. I made my appointment for two days later, on a Wednesday. I came out and passed this room that was dark and I saw all these women in there. Some curled up, some crying and some sleeping. These women were waiting for their rides to come pick them up. They had already had their procedure. I quickly left the building.

I cried all the rest of that day and that night, into the next morning. I was scared and didn’t know what to do. One thing was for sure. I can’t remember at which moment it was: the woman telling about her numerous abortions, the operating room, the counselor or the room full of post-op women, but I knew I was going to keep my baby. I knew for certain I was not going to go through with the abortion. That morning the clinic called me back to confirm my blood test came back positive for being pregnant.

The morning of when I was supposed to get my procedure, I got a phone call from a school to come and have me interview for a teaching position. I ended up getting an interview and hired the same day. I realize now that had I gone through with the abortion, I wouldn’t have gotten this job. I would also be in China right now. This job was a job I had been wanting: it was a writing position. I was going to be teaching writing and I was happier than anyone could ever know.

I share this story because I know women contemplate abortions every second of every day and I know women who actually go through with them. Either way, both are difficult decisions: either keep or get rid of your baby. Ultimately, my decision to keep my baby was that there are no mistakes. I knew the outcomes of having unprotected sex with no birth control. This baby is not at fault and therefore, having an abortion, was not a solution because being pregnant wasn’t a problem. This was an unplanned planned pregnancy, meaning it wasn’t intentional but I also didn’t try to prevent it.

Now, almost 7 months later, I am in a better, happier place. I have an amazing job, a new car (not fancy though), a new apartment and a bundle of joy who will arrive in April. My child’s father is now on board and excited about having a child. This is a first for the both of us so we will be learning as we go. We have the support of family and friends. Even though I am single mom, the relationship I have with my child’s father is going to make for an awesome coparenting relationship.

Every time I feel my baby kick, I get more and more excited. I’m at the stage in my pregnancy where the baby is moving around a lot and making their little presence known. I know as I get into my third trimester, I will feel the baby kick and move even more. I keep thinking what if I had gone through with the abortion, what my life would be like now. Then I think about how my life is now and I’m happy. I can’t keep living in the what if’s or the past.

Granted, I could’ve still gone to China with my baby, but being a single, FTM in a country that I’ve never been to, that just didn’t seem logical. Plus, here, I have the help of family and friends.

It’s interesting to look back on how I started at the beginning of my pregnancy and how I felt, to now. I feel like I’m a completely different person. I’m already in mommy mode and my baby isn’t even here yet.

If you have a story to share, share it below or feel free to contact me if you want it to be private.

I want to let women know that they are not alone in whatever decisions they make. There is always someone who has been through or is going through the same thing. It may seem scary right now and like it’s not the right time, but everything happens for a reason. I think me getting pregnant and deciding to keep my baby, is going to make me a better woman, someone whom I never thought I could or would be.

So this is my story and I hope that it helps someone else.

6 comments

  1. Your story is very similar to mine. I didn’t prevent it. I continued to sleep with my child’s father knowing we needed to separate, and then bam pregnant! Went on April fools him the first of April and thought it was hilarious. He didn’t believe it and we both laughed it off. Following that I later that day told my cousin about the joke I made earlier and she said girl you probably really are. At the time my cycle was a few days late ,but it had done that before so I wasn’t worried. So, I laughed like girl it’s coming I am not worried. But, oddly enough it made me uneasy. I went to buy a pregnancy test and it said I was pregnant, clearly the joke was on me😂. But I just knew I was going to terminate because the plan was to get out of my current relationship. So with no doubt I made my appointment and went to get it done. Girl, I walked in that place and BURST into tears as soon as I sat down to do my paper work.I tried to calm myself down as I walked to the back when I was called and sat in the first waiting area (and like you listened to all of the conversations of those that have been here before, needed them to hurry up bc they had somewhere to go, etc🤦🏽‍♀️) and I just became more and more unsure if I was really going to be able to do it. I went back to get the ultrasound CRIED HARD. Went to speak with the counselor CRIED HARD, and she said “are you sure you’re doing the right thing”? I said no, but I feel it’s what’s best for my reality right now. She looked at me and said, I’m seeibg doubt and pain. Girls don’t often sit her in your state of mind, you should really make sure you want to do this! I said, I am not ready today.. So I left and CRIED so hard all the way home. Mind you the father and I were on the same page from the beginning of it not being good timing. And he went to the clinic with me. However when I came out and said “I couldn’t do it” I got in the car and he said “thank you for not going through with it”🙄 Crazy how things change so quickly.We have a 9 year old son, and as of today our beautiful baby girl made 8wks and I look at her with so much apology and overwhelming love. And their dad and I are trying each day to do what is best for THEM because it’s about what’s best for them. And because children are blessings NOT mistakes as you have said😍

    • Our stories are so similar. My son’s tells me all the time that he thanks me for not going through with it. I never cried while I was there but when I got home, the tears wouldn’t stop flowing. I’m glad you kept him and that things worked out for y’all.

  2. Your story is similar to mine. I went to have an abortion but couldn’t. It was the feel and smell that I just couldn’t get out of my system. I had gotten pregnant two weeks after they told me that I had cysts on my ovaries and needed surgery quickly. Her father and I had a rough time in the beginning but now we coparent from the same household. He’s allowed me to be a stay at home mom, which is great and tiring at the same time. We are in a great space when it comes to coparenting. I wish you the best in everything now and in the future. You’re going to be a wonderful mother.

  3. Omg this was moving with my current pregnancy me and my boyfriend have been together for five years and he tried to force me into an abortion and I left him and I’m doing a series on single pregnancy where to go financially and many other topics. I loved this piece.

    • My baby’s father did too and even went so far as to try to sign over his rights. All of a sudden he did a 180 and has been supportive, getting me things, calling and coming by to check on me. It has made things easier to have him on board. I’m looking forward to your series and I’m glad you had the courage to leave him and keep your baby. I know you aren’t happy about the pregnancy but things may change. Give it time. It took me months to get over that hump.

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