Recently Post-Abortive?

Teen AngstYou cry for hours…

You feel numb and alone…

You feel sad and confused…

You can hardly get out of bed in the morning…

When you do feel hungry, you reach for a drink or a cigarette…

Does any of this sound familiar to you? Abortion is a shock to your body and your spirit. The trauma caused by your abortion needs to be processed so that healing can begin. If you are having physical difficulties, it is important that you see a doctor.

Are you having trouble eating or sleeping?  If you do not have much of an appetite, try healthy snacks including cheeses, yogurt, nuts and cold meats. Eating well will help you to feel better and give your body a chance to repair itself. Twenty minute naps may help offset the effects of sleep deprivation which can make you feel worse.

Are you getting exercise? Exercise triggers our naturally occurring endorphins and makes us feel better.  It is a good idea to get a little exercise even if it’s just walking.

Are you turning to unhealthy behaviors to numb the pain? Using increased amounts of alcohol and/or drugs may seem to alleviate your pain for a short while, but in truth, they are actually aggravating it. You many feel temporary relief, but when the effects wear off, you are still in the same place.

Do you feel isolated and alone? There is often a tendency to withdraw after abortion. Cutting oneself off from others can contribute to depression and make it harder to ask for help. It is important that you reach out for help.

Do certain things “trigger” the memory of your abortion? Common triggers include the anniversary of the abortion, due dates, babies, pregnant women, smells, sounds, and medical staff or facilities.  It is important to identify healthy ways to diffuse those triggers by choosing alternatives that are right for you.

Will this pain ever end? We understand that you are in much pain right now, but once you begin to address this issue, the wounds that have been left unattended will begin to heal.

What now? Grief is a process.  Each person moves at a different pace. Don’t be afraid to begin your healing.  God wants to make all things in new in you.

To speak to someone who understands and can help, please call 888-456-HOPE or email: info@helpafterabortion.org .