When you find out you’re having a baby, you may feel happy and excited, or shocked, scared, confused and upset. Everybody is different, so don’t worry if you’re not feeling the way you expected. Even if you’ve been trying to get pregnant, your feelings may take you by surprise.

During pregnancy, changes to your hormone levels can affect your mood and make you feel more emotional. The way you feel about your pregnancy may change. Talk to your midwife or GP, who are there to support you, help you adjust or give you advice if you decide you don’t want to continue the pregnancy.

You may find the information from Sex Wise about being pregnant and not knowing what to do is helpful in explaining the choices you have.

Deciding to terminate a pregnancy

You might decide that you do not want to continue with your pregnancy, or you might be unsure. You are not alone and there is lots of support available for you. You can get impartial help and advice from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

If you have decided to terminate your pregnancy, you can refer yourself by calling 0300 456 2217 to book an appointment.

Termination for foetal abnormality

If screening tests show your baby has a serious abnormality you may be offered a termination to end the pregnancy. Some couples wish to continue with the pregnancy and prepare for the needs of their newborn baby, while others decide to terminate the pregnancy (have an abortion). Find out more information at NHS UK.