The termination of a pregnancy can bring a whirlwind of emotions. Your body, your hormones and emotions that were adjusting to a pregnancy have been stopped and your body is working to readjust back to non pregnancy. During this time it is important to reach out to talk with someone. Your friends, mentor, parents and others who love you will be valuable to you during this time. Many women feel they don’t have someone they can talk to. We are here to help if you need someone to talk to. Although we don’t offer full counseling services, we would meet with you and give you a safe place to talk and process through what is happening. We can then refer you to some great resources that might help you as you walk through this next step.
Some of the symptoms that are common following a termination of pregnancy are guilt, anxiety, psychological numbness, depression, unexplained feelings of sadness, sudden uncontrollable crying episodes, self esteem issues, sleep or appetite disruption, reduced motivation, relational conflict, anniversary grief (on the date of the abortion or due date of the pregnancy, night mares or insomnia. Women have also reported a new preoccupation with becoming pregnant again or the anxiety over fertility. Eating disorders, alcohol or substance abuse, self punishing behaviors, sensitivity to sights, smells or sound are also common.
These symptoms may occur right away or even years down the road. The most important thing to know is that you are not alone. This happens to many women and is common. The best thing you can do is to love yourself and reach out to someone who can love you through this as well. Find a safe place to talk and process through your feelings and emotions. There are support groups you can join as well as other women with similar experiences you could connect with.
At Innervisions Health Care we do not provide abortion or termination of pregnancy services. We do offer help and support for women seeking the next step in recovering from having terminated a pregnancy, no matter how long ago the termination was.
Whether your abortion was yesterday or years ago, we offer confidential, compassionate post-abortion support. If we can be of assistance please contact us.