YOU ARE NOT ALONE. HERE ARE PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU WHO HAVE FOUND HOPE.
If you are a teen that discovers that you are pregnant, you are faced with a great deal of responsibility and uncertainty. You are no longer responsible for only yourself. You must make decisions like keeping the baby and raising the baby yourself, or considering adoption.
It is important that you seek medical attention, and carefully understand all of your options before making a rash choice that you can not change.
Seek support during this time. This support can come in the form of parents, school counselor, social worker, or community organizations that provide emotional assistance to pregnant teens. These support systems can help you make a plan to continue your education through your pregnancy and birth of your child.
Prepare yourself because your life is about to change, and you won’t have as much time for the things that you used to. Teen parents live two complicated lives: one life as a teen trying to graduate high school, the other life as a parent taking care of a baby and working to support their child.
You can survive being a parent and graduating high school. However, this takes a great deal of planning and work. It is a difficult road to travel, but people have found ways to make things work. It is important to seek support.
If you are concerned about becoming pregnant, it is important to truly consider how much a pregnancy could affect your life before engaging in premarital sex. No matter how careful you are, unplanned pregnancies can and do occur. Abstinence is the only sure-fire way to avoid becoming pregnant. Your teen years are not the time to raise a child.
Beyond unplanned pregnancy, there is emotional pain and baggage that is involved when a relationship ends, and sex has been a part of that relationship. Its kind of like being torn in two. Some of you have experienced the physical pain, in the form of STDs, that can occur when sex becomes involved in relationships.
The media sends the message that sex isn’t that big of a deal, but some of you know that isn’t the truth. There is a safe place for sex in relationships. That safe place exists inside of a life-long commitment: Marriage. Sex is not a result of that life-long commitment. Marriage is simply the safe environment for a sexual relationship to exist.
•Ask your primary care physician for a referral.
•Talk with your school counselor about finding help.
•Ask family or friends to recommend someone based on their experiences.
•Check with your Health Insurance Company, church, or community center.