Unplanned Pregnancy Questions & Facts2021-10-28T11:49:30+02:00

Questions & Facts – Unsure


You have three options when facing an unplanned pregnancy.

  • You can carry the pregnancy to term and raise a child yourself
  • You can continue with the pregnancy and place the child for adoption

You must take the time to consider all of your options and discuss the issue with your partner, a friend or a family member (if you feel safe and comfortable doing so). Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to continue with the pregnancy is yours.

You’ll need abdominal scans/ultrasounds as well as pregnancy test to confirm if you are pregnant and, if so, the stage of the pregnancy.

According to South African adoption legislation, namely the Child Care Act of 1983, a child may be adopted by:

  • A married couple in a joint adoption.
  • Life partners, same-sex or otherwise, in a joint adoption.
  • A person who has married the parent of a child can adopt the child, with the biological father’s consent. This is called the adoption of a stepchild.
  • A single person can adopt a child.

This isn’t an easy decision to make. It’s so crucial that you speak to a counsellor/social worker with whom you can discuss your concerns and make an informed decision.

Speak to an accredited social worker or counsellor before you make a hasty decision. He/she will discuss the two different abortion procedures available.


  1. Postpartum depression may take up to 12 months to occur.
  2. South Africans can only legally adopt a child in South Africa by working through an accredited adoption agency, or with the help of an adoption social worker.
  3. Same-sex couples are allowed to adopt a child in South Africa.
  4. Post-natal depression affects approximately 10% to 40% of new mothers.
  5. Follow a healthy diet is essential to ensure your baby develops properly. Remember, to stop consuming alcohol during your pregnancy. It can cause a condition called fetal alcohol syndrome. A counselor will explain this in more detail with you.
If you are still unsure about abortion,  abortion side effects  and the options you have in this regard
please contact us on info@pregnancybychoice.co.za
and we will help guide and support you.

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