From a legal standpoint, you do not have to disclose the pregnancy to your partner and seek his input. Nevertheless, sharing and working through such news together is crucial for nurturing trust and open communication in your relationship.

Read this article for ideas on using empathy and confidence to seek a collaborative approach with your partner about your pregnancy decision.

Choose the Right Time and Place

As a considerate gesture, make an effort to select a suitable time and location that allows you and your partner to have a conversation without distractions. This conversation could be in the comfort of your home or during a private walk with just the two of you.

If your partner has unpredictable or volatile responses, it’s appropriate to have the conversation in a public setting where you feel most safe.

Give Him Space

When you share the news of your pregnancy, be prepared to give him time and space to process the information and decide how he feels about your decision. 

Once he has had time to think, you should have another conversation where you both try to agree or at least make sure you understand one another’s perspective.

To feel more confident before you share the news, schedule an ultrasound to get more details about your pregnancy. It can tell details such as your pregnancy’s age, which may determine the abortion procedure that you’re eligible for. The abortion pill is only FDA-approved up to 10 weeks gestational age.

An ultrasound can also determine the viability of the pregnancy (up to 26% of pregnancies end in miscarriage).

Think about how you are leaning towards a specific decision like abortion, and be prepared to explain your reasoning to him. 

Schedule a Consultation

Choosing to terminate your pregnancy is ultimately up to you, not your partner. However, it’s essential to recognize that this choice can negatively impact your mental and physical well-being and strain your relationship if your partner disagrees.

The Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston offers free options consultations. These consultations provide a safe and supportive space where you both can ask questions, share concerns, and receive medically accurate information.

If you and your partner want to explore your options or learn more, please contact us today!