Thoughts Every Girl Has During a Pregnancy Scare
It’s definitely not an ideal situation, but I’m pretty sure that a lot of us have been there. You’re dreading your period but you know aunt flo is coming… until she just never shows up. This isn’t exactly a “no period, no problem” sort of situation. There are about a million thoughts that race through your head at this time, and probably the same as every young woman having a pregnancy scare.
“This isn’t happening.”
You can’t be pregnant. You just can’t. Maybe you’ve been stressed lately and your period is just late because work has been crazy… and you’ve been studying too much… and everything else you can think of to avoid the problem at hand.
“My life is over.”
There are a lot of things you learn in school. But in all seriousness, the Pythagorean Theorem isn’t going to prepare you for juggling classes, a social life (whatever social life you have left) AND a baby.
“My mom. Is going. To. Kill. Me.”
You’re either going to text her and tell her or drive to Mexico change your name and never come back home.
“Ok, I’m literally freaking out right now.”
Inevitably you realize that there is absolutely no way that you can have a baby. If you can’t even take care of yourself, how can you raise a living, breathing child? You may have never even paid a single bill before in your life, besides Netflix—maybe. Thinking about the expenses of raising a child is enough to drive you up a wall.
“There’s things I can do about this, right?”
All of a sudden you remember every Public Service Announcement and every episode of Oprah you used to watch with your mom that talked about safe sex and teen pregnancy resources. What’s Plan B again? Do we have a Planned Parenthood around here? How much does all this cost?
Why is EVERYONE at the drug store right now?
As you’re walking through the aisles trying to find out where they keep the pregnancy tests (that you never thought you’d ever be buying) it feels like everyone’s eyes are on you. You do all you can to convince yourself that they don’t know and that they aren’t judging you.
“This is the longest 3 minutes of my life.”
You maneuver yourself awkwardly to get your pee on the stick and then place it on the counter. Then you sit and wait. And wait. And wait. Finally it pops up. Negative. You breath a sign of relief but somehow you still don’t feel comfortable with the results until you get your period.
“Is that… blood?”
Eventually, after you’ve been through every emotion you can think of and you feel confident enough to write a book based on the panic attack that you’ve had for the last few days, you’ve started your period and you vow to do everything in your power to be a better person to avoid ever feeling that afraid again. You vow to remain celibate until marriage… until bae texts you to hang out later.
If you’ve ever had a pregnancy scare, of course, these are only a few of the things that run through your mind. This is definitely a scary experience to have and it’s good to have some type of support system with you as you’re going through a pregnancy scare. Especially if you’re away from home and your family. You don’t have to face a pregnancy scare by yourself. In a situation like this your friends can be your lifeline.
Shatece is working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater and a minor in LGBT Studies. She currently attends Northern Illinois University and is incredibly excited to be writing for SRtrends.