Each year in the United States, there are approximately three million unintended pregnancies, or about half of all pregnancies total. A number of these pregnancies occur in teen girls. Because these young women may lack proper resources and information on pregnancy, they might feel that they are left to make some tough choices on their own.
However, there are a number of adults that teen girls can turn to when they find out that they are pregnant. From local teen pregnancy centers to the professionals in the community, there are people who can help. If you are a pregnant teen, here are four resources you can consider during this time:
1. Head to one of your local teen pregnancy centers. When you first learn you are pregnant, or you suspect you are experiencing the early warning signs of pregnancy, you may feel anxious about broaching the topic with your parents. If you’re able to, try visiting one of the teen pregnancy centers in your area. There you can get everything from a pregnancy test for free if you need it to free pregnancy help and advice. Counselors and other care professionals at these centers can guide you through the process of telling your parents and accessing other resources for pregnant teens.
2. Talk to a parent or guardian. While it may not be something you want to do right away, eventually you will have to tell your parents about your pregnancy. However, this is a necessary step—especially so you have access to proper medical care.
3. Speak with school counselors about your education. Just because you’ve discovered that you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you have to choose between the pregnancy and school. Today more than ever before, teen girls have plenty of options that allow them to stay in school—even if they are raising a child. Talk to your school counselors, teachers, and other administrators about your options, whether they include alternative school programs or other resources available to help pregnant teens like you.
4. Make an appointment with your doctor. If you are pregnant, it is important to begin prenatal care as soon as possible. One major risk that all pregnant women face is miscarriage, which is the loss of pregnancy within the first 20 weeks. Although most women give birth to healthy babies, about one in five pregnancies will end in a miscarriage; however, the risk of a miscarriage drops to about 5% six to eight weeks into a pregnancy when a heartbeat is present during an ultrasound. If needed, your doctor can also refer you to specialists and other services for pregnant teens and women.
Do you have questions about how to talk to an adult about your pregnancy? Get in touch with us.
The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.