I Am Pregnant
Whether you expected this news or this has come as a complete shock – now is the time for some thinking and some action.
This isn’t the time for procrastination.
Your choices about your body and your life have an expiry date.
Start firing up that brain…
It is normal to be feeling a mixutre of emotions surrounding teen pregnancy. Fear, happiness, confusion, guilt, worry and excitement. It is important that you seek support from someone you trust to help you with what's next.
A couple of facts that might help you think of this differently:
- Around half of all pregnancies in Australia are unplanned.
- The reality is that no contraception is 100% effective and contraception can fail even when used correctly and consistently. The World Health Organisation estimates that even if all contraceptive users used contraception perfectly in every sexual encounter, there would still be six million unintended pregnancies every year. 
Now, in the meantime,
Stop drinking or taking drugs until you decide your plan of attack. Drinking heavily or taking drugs is unlikely to induce a miscarriage; it will just make you very unwell. (And it will take longer for you to feel clearer about what you want to do).
Figure out how many weeks pregnant you are. This is called gestation. If you have a regular period, the very first day that you miss your period, you are 4 weeks and 1 day into your pregnancy. Gestation (how many weeks pregnant you are) is calculated from the first day of your last period. This can be tricky if you don't have a regular period, so click here for a gestational calendar, or head to your doctor for a blood test.
Tell someone. Tell the safest person you have in your life first – test out their reaction. If you need help telling your parents/significant others that you are pregnant click here for some good ideas.
Gather information. Surf this site, google information, ask questions. Now is the time to find out all you want to know. You can do it as quietly or as publicly as you wish. This is your journey. Feel free to ring us with your questions, wonders, fears. You can also check out our useful sites page.
There are three options to think about:
Abortion - terminate the pregnancy.
Adoption - continue the pregnancy and give the child up after birth.
Parenting - continue the pregnancy and become a parent.
If you are a man involved in the pregnancy you can check out Bits for Boys for how to support this process.
You are not alone. There is help and support available.
 Safe Abortion: Technical and Policy Guidance for Health Systems World Health Organisation, Geneva 2003 p12. Available online at http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/unsafe_abortion/en/ Accessed 21 April 2010.
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