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Where can I get help and advice about teenage pregnancy?


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Where can I get help and advice about teenage pregnancy?
 
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If you are a teenager and find out you are pregnant it can be very daunting, especially if the pregnancy was unplanned.

You may experience a whole range of different emotions, thoughts and anxieties.

You may be excited about the prospect of having a child, you could be worried about telling your parents, or you may be unsure as to whether or not you want to go ahead with the pregnancy.

These mixed emotions are common for women of any age. Remember that you are not alone, there is plenty of support available to you.

First things first

The first thing you need to do is make sure you are definitely pregnant. Home pregnancy test kits are usually accurate, but it is best to visit your doctor or family planning clinic. They can check for pregnancy by testing your urine.

If you are pregnant, they can tell you how long you have been pregnant, and assess your general health (for example, checking your blood pressure and seeing if you are a healthy weight).

It's your choice

Once you have found out you are pregnant, you need to think carefully about what is best for you.

If you are unsure of what to do, remember it is your choice. It's important to make the decision that is right for you, but don't delay this decision.

If you find out you are pregnant, don't ignore the situation and hope it will simply go away, because it won't. Everybody is different, and so try not to let other people sway your decision too much.

You need to think carefully, talk to people you trust, and seek help and advice from a professional.

People you can talk to:

  • your doctor or nurse,
  • a family planning and STD clinic,
  • a young people's service,
  • your partner or a trusted family member or friend

Find out what options are available to you. You need to have accurate information so you can talk through your options and think carefully before you make any decisions.

NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere. If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
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