What to do in the event of an unintended pregnancy?
If you are pregnant but did not plan to be, you have 3 options. You can freely decide which option to choose:
If you decide to continue the pregnancy, you can:
- keep the baby:
If you choose to keep the baby, you must arrange and prepare everything before and after the birth of your child. Make an appointment with your family doctor or gynaecologist as soon as possible.
- give up the baby for adoption:
o Be aware of unreliable organisations. Consult official adoption agencies only.
o In the Netherlands and France, women can give birth anonymously. They do not have to give their name when they give birth or they can use a pseudonym. In Belgium, women cannot deliver anonymously.
o In Belgium (Antwerp), there is the baby hatch. You can safely leave the baby here in an emergency situation.
If you are pregnant and do not want to have a baby, you can terminate the pregnancy by getting an abortion. Abortion is possible until the 12th week of pregnancy. This is 14 weeks after the 1st day of your last menstrual period. Before you can get an abortion, you have to attend a counselling session. There is a legal reflection period of 6 days after this session. The abortion is performed after this reflection period.
To prevent an unintended pregnancy, you can use contraception.