I found out I was pregnant at the start of summer break. I’ll be back at school for my senior year in just a few weeks and I’m nervous about how everyone is gonna react when they eventually find out.
- We definitely understand how this can be a very challenging and scary time for you. Thank you for sharing your story with us at TeenCentral. How brave of you to share such a sensitive subject with us!
- There are many people that can help you when times feel really tough, and we want you to know about them too. Sometimes we need someone to talk to right away, and may feel like we have no one around to listen. If this happens, please use these numbers: 1-800-273-8255 or text HELLO to 741741. If this helpline is not a good fit for your situation you can always visit our HELP page where we have many others listed for your benefit. It’s so important to us that you feel connected to people who can REALLY help you.
- Does your family know about your current situation? Do you have anyone in your family or someone close to you whom you feel you could trust and talk about this? Sometimes when we are experiencing difficult times we tend to believe we have no one to help and are alone. Asking others for help can seem daunting and makes us feel vulnerable. It is normal to feel this way. Think about who is in your trust circle and see if there is anyone that may be able to help.
- You mentioned that you are concerned about “how everyone is gonna react when they eventually find out.” We’re not sure if you are basically talking about your social circle at school or if you really mean EVERYONE – like including your parents/guardians, other family, friends, the father – EVERYONE, everyone. Maybe some of these people know, but not all of them. In general, we get it. Eventually this isn’t something that you can hide, especially since it seems like by the way you are writing that you plan to keep the baby. Feeling nervous is to be expected. Have you thought of telling a few of these people who are closest to you so that you have some people to lean on, and maybe even have some social protection when you go back to school? I bet this would make you feel less alone too.
SOME ADDITIONAL THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Have you visited an OB/GYN doctor? (Obstetrician/Gynecologist) These are doctors that specialize in the care of women who are either ready to get pregnant or pregnant already. You NEED THIS KIND OF CARE for the benefit of your baby. If you’ve already started going – BRAVO! Keep it up! If not, do not be concerned about money or insurance. There are places you can find that will give women excellent care even without insurance if necessary. Start with your regular doctor. If you don’t have one. Start with a google search. You need vitamins and regular checkups so that your baby is healthy.
- Have you thought about reaching out to your school counselor for guidance? They can be a great help and fully understand that dynamics of students in high school. They may be able to assist you with this transition and any resources the school may have to offer.
- Please reference our Tools tab and checkout the Making Hard Decisions resource. This is a simple guide to assist in guiding you in making decisions in life.
- Have you thought about looking into any young parenting classes or support groups within your community? This is something that perhaps you school counselor and or OB/GYN may be able to assist you with.