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When Someone You Love Needs a Choice


What if I Experience Upset After My Abortion?

  • Allow yourself to express grief and sadness.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself. Talk to yourself in a kind and tender way. You are not a “bad person”.
  • Remind yourself that you made the best decision that you could under the circumstances you faced. You have made an important and often difficult decision.
  • Write your feelings down in a journal or talk to someone you feel close with.
  • Practice relaxation exercises to reduce stress.
  • Ask yourself how you see a planned pregnancy in the future differently from your current circumstances.
  • Be kind to yourself. Allow your body to recover, your hormones to return to a neutral state.
  • Seek counseling if you feel especially troubled, or the above strategies have not worked for you.