What Do I Need to Know if I Am Pregnant in High School?

What Do I Need to Know if I Am Pregnant in High School?

What Do I Need to Know if I Am Pregnant in High School?

Being pregnant in high school can be overwhelming. You’re likely interested in continuing your education but unsure how to navigate this new challenge. 

Others have been in your shoes. This situation can feel impossible, but you can empower yourself to move forward confidently.

Know Your Rights

If you are a minor, know you have the right to finish high school. Pregnancy and childbirth-related discrimination is illegal, and reasonable accommodations must be made to help you with this new change.

Technically, your parents cannot pressure you to make a specific pregnancy decision. It’s your choice, so educating yourself on your options is vital.

Moving Forward

First, you’ll want to confirm your pregnancy with pregnancy testing and an ultrasound. Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center offers these services at no cost. The ultrasound is done to medically confirm and date your pregnancy. This information is essential for your next step.

Next, you’ll need to weigh your three pregnancy options: abortion, adoption, and parenting. Understanding abortion’s risks and side effects, as well as learning the support services available if you choose parenting or adoption, are essential.

If you are in a safe, stable relationship, consider telling your partner and discussing his level of involvement. Lighthouse has male staff available to answer questions he might have.

Telling your parents the news is another important step. This can feel nerve-wracking. They may react with disappointment, fear, or even anger. Your parents may be worried about your anxiety, which can translate into big emotions.

Share your news when you feel comfortable. Think about a good time and place to talk, and then give them time to process. 

We’re Here to Help

Lighthouse Pregnancy Resource Center offers no-cost, confidential pregnancy services. We’ll provide the information you need in a non-judgmental, compassionate space. You are welcome here, and we’ll help you make a plan to achieve your educational goals.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. We’re here for you.