If you’re pregnant or think you might be, we want you to know that you are not alone. You should not feel as if there is no person you can turn to. Please feel free to call us and we will be happy to talk to you.
There are probably a thousand questions going through your mind right now, things like:
- How will my parents react?
- How will my body change?
- How will my friends react?
- How will this affect my education?
- Where can I go for help?
- What will the “dad” think?
Here are some things to consider…
- First, make sure you are pregnant; make an appointment at a health center (see the hotlines/resource page for additional assistance of where to go).
- Talk about it with someone you trust.
- Learn about all of your options and get the facts. If you are pregnant you have options, think of each of them and decide which is best for you.
- Consider your beliefs and your resources.
- Make a decision and take the next step soon. Try to deal with it right away. This is not something that will go away; you need to act, for your health and safety and the baby.
- Reach out to trusted friends/family and keep talking. You need a system of support. Even if it is difficult for you, you can feel good about facing your pregnancy and acting responsibly. It takes strength and courage to make good choices during difficult times.
- You probably want to let the father of your baby know that you are pregnant, if you have not already told him. Have you thought of how you are going to tell him? Remember that he will be scared also, and he might not give you the reaction that you are expecting. He may ask, “Are you sure I’m the father?” He might be so shocked that he will not be supportive and come across as upset. He is just as scared as you are. Try not to get angry and discuss together, what both of you should do.