Hey guys, I'm new here. Unfortunately I join with bad news, but I've been searching SO hard for pre-abortion support forums and have had NO luck whatsoever. Either forums ban it entirely, or people are extremely rude ("You did this, if you didnt want a baby, keep your legs shut"). So I'm hoping to get some great advice and help here. It's very stressful and I feel very torn! I am 18 years old, (Will be 19 in less than a month), and my boyfriend of 2.5 years is 19, (will be 20 in a month and a week). He's starting school in a few days, whereas I am taking a year off to travel to enjoy life. We had been using BC, I have been on various forms of BC since I was 15 (mom's rule, not mine!). We switched to the Nuvaring about 8-10 months ago and it's been great. We live comfortably and happily. I live in my mom's basement (come on, I'm only 19 and rent is horrific in Toronto!) and I've only recently quit my job. I am extremely intelligent, not to sound egotistical. I have management experience, and I am a certified lifeguard. I wanted to go to school to become a veterinary surgeon, but I've since decided that I'd prefer to be a paramedic or a neonatal nurse (or perhaps child psychiatry, not sure yet!). Anyways, I have strong dreams and aspirations. My boyfriend finished a year of University and is now going to college for Culinary Management. He starts Sept 4th. I am taking time off work because we've purchased a gorgeous puppy who will be arriving by plane on September 18th. We've wanted a puppy for years, and we're finally at the financial point in our lives where we could purchase this 2k dog! She's beautiful. My boyfriend is still working, he works fulltime and is able to support us reasonably well now. But he's going to school and will only work part time during the school year, thus money will be tighter, but not dangerously missing. That's pretty much our "backstory" and a bit about our background/history. I feel it's important for you to know this, in order to help me with opinions, I am not trying to "brag". As I said earlier, we are on the Nuvaring, and we use condoms from time to time also, (more for fun than protection) but it's still reliable! Until now. I'll back up a bit....we'd been having problems with my period for a while, while on NR (nuvaring). My period would be missing, really heavy, etc. I went to a doctor who said that nothing is wrong, it's just due to my periodic anemia and lifestyle, and also the BC switch. My boyfriend and I went on vacation the first week of July (to Mexico, it was great) and my period was due that week. I contacted my doctor who told me that I could just insert a new ring, fine. So we did that, life was just peachy. July's period was weird, as sometimes mine are so we thought nothing of it. I truly believe I was not pregnant then. It was a really....sparse period. It was reasonably heavy, heavier than what I've read about "spotting". But it was small amounts over about 3/4 of a week. I barely needed tampons at that time. But one or two days was reasonably heavy, requiring a normal tampon. I felt normal, nothing else was wrong. Fast forward to the end of August now. I feel like crap! I've been sleeping 12-16 hours a day (good god!) and not eating much which is definitely abnormal for me. I've been having painful cramps which I thought was my period! Well I can't remember when my last period was, although we know it was the last week of June, give or take a day. So since we're at the end of August, I went to get a pregnancy test. My second doctor (ok, explaination: my "real" family doctor is a prude. She won't prescribe me BC unless I get pap tests done when *she* wants, etc. I am not comfortable with her, trying to switch. But in the mean time, I go to a GREAT walk-in clinic that sees me as a patient also). Anyways, this prude doctor ("real" one) always tells me that there's nothing wrong, my periods are weird because sometimes I am off a day when inserting the NR. Tells me that everything is fine and I need to trust her. So because of this uncomfort in my lower ab area, I wanted to take a pregnancy test to show her and say "Look, I'm not pregnant but my period is missing and it hurts. Something IS WRONG". So when I took the pregnancy test, immediately the lines appeared. Pregnant. Oh. My. God. I have always been 100% abortion. I truly feel in my heart that if a family is not READY for the baby, or cannot financially or emotionally support the baby, it's better to end the pregnancy. One of my best friends was a child of the "system", having been given up to group homes, never adopted into a family. This girl got BOUNCED from home to home, city to city. She has behavioural problems, mental problems (she lies), etc. I love her but she got pulled out of our school and moved to a town a few hours away. She is so depressed, yet so alive. I do NOT believe this is best for a child! To KNOW they are not loved, to NEVER have a home. Sure, some kids do get adopted and that is absolutely fantastic. But maybe I'm selfish - if I can't have my child, no one can. I don't want someone else to raise my baby, I want to do that. I absolutely agree with adoption, but it's not for me. However I strongly believe in abortion. Honest to god, I feel it's better to abort a child before they come into the world, with the hardships. And once I have my baby, I won't be able to give her up anyways. So it's either abortion or having this baby. My boyfriend and I agreed to an abortion prior to becoming sexual active. We discussed it at length and we both completely agreed. We are very similar in all major beliefs like this. He held me and told me that he will always be here, and love me no matter what. He said he'll support me in my decision whatever it is. We both know that it will be very hard if we keep her. I wanted to be a doctor and he wanted to own his own restaurant! Why is the decision to have an abortion so hard now?! I am chalking it up to hormones. We fully agreed before becoming pregnant that we'd have an abortion and wait until we were entirely ready and the pregnancy was planned. But now the decision seems SO hard! Somehow...I love this baby already. I don't feel I'm ready for a baby yet though....I am a baby myself. Hormones are killing me. I am crying one minute, and laughing the next. I feel calm, and then confident, and then I feel so scared and alone. I feel so torn, so silly. Yes, many people will (and already!) have said that if I wasnt ready I shouldn't be having sex. But I've taken the measures necessary to prevent unwanted pregnancy and it happened anyways. Please no comments about "keep your legs shut". But please help me! I would really appreciate words of wisdom, advice, or just feel-good comments. I am not asking anyone to make the decision. This decision is between me and my boyfriend. But I feel so confused, one minute I know in my heart that I need an abortion, the next minute I start thinking "Well, maybe I could keep it...". And it's becoming very stressful. Has anyone had an abortion? Do you feel like talking about it with me (either msn or email)? I live in Toronto - abortions are free, legal, and anonymous. But I do have a history of mental illness and I worry that the stress might cause another flare-up or the depression might render me a bad mom. I've researched abortion methods but it's so hard to understand from text on the internet. Also, I am feeling pain in my hip area. It feels like gas almost, but I also have these strange cramps that are usually from hip to hip (kind of ovary area) and sometimes strange pangs. Are these normal? What the heck is normal at this point? Am I being silly by being so emotional? Is this my mistake for getting pregnant? Are the pains just me overreacting? I swear to god my body is making gurgling noises and strange things. Is this my stomach or what? This is the first time this has happened to me - I am scared and alone. Reading on the internet is one thing, but talking to people who know and understand this is another. My boyfriend is here to support me, he makes me dinner and gets me things so that I don't have to get up and get stressed, but there are some things that men will not understand. There is one thing I don't understand. I was SO insistant and confident in my decision of abortion - before I got pregnant. WHY is it so hard now? Should I go with what I wanted prior to becoming pregnant? Edit: I just thought I'd add a few things. We ARE both highschool educated. I come from an extremely affluent background. My father walked out during my childhood after being abusive towards me mainly, not my younger sister. We do not do drugs. Okay, we've experimented in HS! But we don't do drugs, we don't smoke (horrible habit!) and we're not really drinkers. We are healthy, have no real medical problems (except for my mental health). And we are reasonably "well-off". We do not live paycheck to paycheck, but we're not extremely rich either. My mom makes enough (90k+) that I didn't qualify for University grants or financial assistance. If we do keep the baby, I will do everything I need in order to keep him/her healthy and we will make it work. I am more worried about..well the decision. I am incredibly smart, very confident and very much a leader. But what makes a good mom? What about my dreams for the future? Apparently we'd be due April 1st, 2008. Haha...I won't even comment on that. (April Fool's Day? A joke? This is anything but. Weird coincidence though, haha).