15 Inspiring Unplanned
I wasn’t planning on this pregnancy…
Do you like to plan events like travel, parties, or even what you’re going to wear tomorrow? Planning is a big part of life, but some events and circumstances are often out of our control. This includes unplanned pregnancies. Women facing unplanned or unwanted pregnancies often focus on the big sacrifices. If you’re a young girl, single, in school, or with limited financial resources, this can be especially true.
Sometimes the best things, fun times, and unplanned joy come from unplanned moments. The unique challenges and emotional changes from an unplanned pregnancy can trigger a stressful period of your life. You’re stronger than you think. Other women went before you and made a private decision that was right for them. Be inspired by these 15 unplanned pregnancy quotes from people in all walks of life. Like them, you can face life’s unique challenges with extraordinary courage. (Plus read about how to help if your friend’s the one with an unplanned pregnancy.)
The Best Unplanned Pregnancy Quotes
“Sometimes the best things in life are unexpected.”
- Faith Sullivan, author
“It is the most powerful creation to have life that is growing inside of you. There is no bigger gift.”
- Beyoncé, singer, actress
“Nearly all the best things that came to me in life have been unexpected, unplanned by me.”
- Carl Sandburg, poet
“I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from things that didn’t work out; that’s when I’ve really learned.”
- Carol Burnett, comedian, actress
Who can I talk to?
You’re not alone. Young women everywhere experience this extraordinary thing called pregnancy. Not every woman has a wanted pregnancy, which is why there is a large number of abortions each year. Many women have unplanned pregnancies. Research from the Guttmacher Institute shows that almost half of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the United States are unintended. (1)
Before deciding what to do, share your fears and concerns about your pregnancy with people you trust. Who can you talk to?
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Encouraging Unplanned Pregnancy Quotes
“The best decision I ever made was keeping my baby.”
—Maya Angelou, poet
“Many of us were the unplanned children of talented, creative women. Their lives were changed by unplanned and unwanted pregnancies.”
—Bell Hooks, author, feminist
“I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.
— J.K. Rowling, author
“You must take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.”
— Paul Coelho, lyricist, novelist
“It’s amazing, the mentality shift that occurs in pregnancy. Suddenly, you want to be good to yourself.”
— Elizabeth Hasselbeck, actress
I’m a friend. How can I help?
Being there for your friend is a great thing, a more important thing than giving advice or pressuring her. Acknowledge her feelings and offer any similar experiences. Don’t expect her to make the same decision you might make in a similar situation. There are many ways to encourage a friend experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. (4)
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Even More Unexpected Pregnancy Quotes:
“The best parts of any story to me are the unexpected things.”
- Kirsten Vangsness, writer, actress
“I have bad days. I make mistakes...It’s a lot for one person. But after six years of having my two nuggets, there’s not a day when I wish I hadn’t done this.”
- Charlize Theron, actress, producer
For the baby’s sake
Mixed emotions, confusion and fear often arrive with the news of an unplanned pregnancy. That’s especially true with a first pregnancy. Plus, you may be starting a career or still in school. You may have dreams for the future that might be lost if you have a child. You may think continuing with your pregnancy is an abandonment of self. It may seem like a big mistake to bring another life into the world, and even harder to think about caring for a child. All these thoughts may be your reality right now. Some women decide on the incredible experience of pregnancy, even after having a previous abortion.
“…I didn’t want to make that decision again [abortion], and I had to trust God to move forward with having this child…I had to make this one right decision.”
- Sonja Curry, mother of NBA All-Star Stephen Curry on her decision to carry and parent Stephen (5)
“I knew that I had to do what it took. I just couldn’t abort him.”
- Pattie Mallette, mother of pop star Justin Bieber on her decision to carry and parent Justin (6)
“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”
- Maya Angelou, poet
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Eva is a brave young lady with underlying medical conditions. She found out she was pregnant at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Eva had fears and concerns. She was in her early forties, and she was taking some medications that could affect her unborn child. She also had an unstable relationship with her partner. Eva was considering terminating the pregnancy.
About her experience at a pregnancy help center, Eva says, “I’m impressed with the clinic—it’s professional and the equipment is up to date. The staff is experienced, with the right medical training. They treat me as an individual and help me find the community resources I need. I had doubts I could be a mom, but they’ve supported and cared about me—the whole person—and the little life inside me.” (7)
Eva might agree that we saved the best of the inspirational quotes for last. Here is number 15 from our collection of unplanned pregnancy quotes:
“A woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy also deserves to experience unplanned joy.”
—Patricia Heaton, actress
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- Guttmacher Institute. (2019, January). Unintended Pregnancy in the United States.
- iRapture. (2022). My Boyfriend Wants Me to Get an Abortion.
- iRapture. (2022). Pregnancy Financial Resources.
- Journey House. (2020). 5 Ways to Encourage a Friend with an Unplanned Pregnancy.
- CBN News. (2022, May 20). NBA Star Steph Curry’s Mom Had an Abortion Before Him and Admits She Almost Aborted Him Too
- Today. (2012, September 14). Justin Bieber’s mom tells why she chose not to abort at 17.
- Eva S. (2020, December). Personal Interview.