Being a teenager is hard enough, but being a teenage parent can seem downright daunting. Not only are you trying to navigate the ups and downs of adolescence, but you also have added stresses like figuring out how to afford diapers or dealing with morning sickness. Teen pregnancy can make an already challenging time seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There is hope and light at the end of the tunnel.
What should I do if I’m pregnant?
The most important thing to do if you think you might be pregnant is to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible. If you need help getting a pregnancy test, reach out. We can provide you with a Lab-Quality Pregnancy Test and confidential results. Once you know for sure that you’re pregnant, you can start exploring your options and making a decision about what’s best for you.
You said I can explore my options? It seems like I only have one option.
Some girls feel like they have to get an abortion in order to continue with their education and future goals, but that’s not the case. While abortion may seem like the only choice, it is important to remember that there are multiple options available:
- Parenting: You can also choose to keep the baby and raise him or her yourself. This option may seem scary, but it is possible with the right support system. While some people may think that having a baby will end their educational pursuits, there are many who choose to keep their babies and finish high school. It can be done with hard work and the right support. We have people, resources, and connections available to help you succeed in school and in parenthood. Connect with a member of our team for more information.
- Adoption: If you feel like you’re not ready to be a parent, you can choose to give your baby up for adoption. This is a difficult decision, but oftentimes it may be the best thing for you and your child. It can provide your baby with a loving home and family while allowing you to focus on your future with the knowledge that your child will be well taken care of. Contact us and we can refer you to an adoption agency that is a good fit for you.
- Abortion: If you’re considering an abortion, we can provide you with resources and information about the procedure and its risks. We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision about what’s best for you. We can also connect with you to help you understand and process your feelings about abortion. Contact our team.
We’re here to support you through every step of your decision-making process. You are never obligated to share your decision with us, but we hope you’ll reach out to us if you need someone to talk to.
How do I tell my parents I’m pregnant?
This can be one of the hardest parts of being a teenage parent. You may be scared of how they will react or what they will say. Sit down with them when you’re both calm and prepared to talk. Tell them everything – how you found out, how you’re feeling, and what you’re thinking about doing next. It’s okay if you don’t have all the answers yet, but it’s important to be honest with them about what’s going on.
If your parents have a hard time accepting your pregnancy, try to be patient with them. They may need some time to process the news and come to terms with it themselves. In the meantime, there are others you can turn to for support, like our team.
It’s a big decision to make, but remember: you can do this!
Weighing the pros and cons, doing your research, considering every option – it’s a lot. And when it comes to life-altering decisions, the pressure can feel unbearable. If you are feeling overwhelmed, remember that you’re not alone. Here at Ramona Women’s Clinic, we will support you and walk alongside you in navigating your situation. We believe that you have the strength and wisdom to make the decision that’s best for you, and we will be here to help you every step of the way.
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