Shocked. Scared. Panicked. Confused. Embarrassed. Alone. Lonely… these are just some of the emotions you may be going through now if you think you could be pregnant.
Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy with the help and support of people around you, or whether you are facing it on your own, the information on this website should help to make things a bit clearer on your options and the support available to help you choose. No matter what happens – only YOU can decide on what to do because you are the person it will affect the most.
Looking at your options and reaching a decision may not be easy because there are different things to weigh up – what’s the best thing to do now, and what’s the best thing to do in future? It is really important to give yourself plenty of time to think and if you are with the father you may want to talk it through with him too.
First of All
You need to find out if you really are pregnant. If your period is late and you think you may be pregnant, have a pregnancy test as soon as possible.
These can be bought from chemists, supermarkets and other high street shops but you can get them free from your GP, Community Sexual Health Clinics, The TAZ Outreach Team, Brook or Young Addaction, some young people’s clinics and the Sexual Health [GUM] Clinic. You may also be able to get them from School Health Nurses and College Student Services but it is also worth phoning or asking first so that you don’t waste any time.
If it is confirmed that you ARE pregnant, you have three choices;
- That you will continue with the pregnancy and keep the baby.
- That you will seek an abortion / termination to end the pregnancy.
- That you will continue with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted at birth. Please contact: Halton Borough Council on 0151 424 2061 or St Helens on 01942 487272 and ask for the Adoption & Fostering Department.
If your pregnancy test is negative you will need another test the following week if your period has still not started. If you are NOT pregnant, ask a doctor about a reliable method of contraception to avoid worries in the future. Please see contraception.
I am pregnant, what next?
If you ARE pregnant you need to tell someone as soon as possible so it may be best to talk to your partner, your best friend or your parents or care workers first. If you prefer to talk to someone else there are many people who can help you. Please see ‘local services’ for further information. You may be nervous or worried but no time will be the best time – you just have to be brave and do it.
Reactions may vary. Hopefully, whomever you speak to will try to understand what you’re going through and will support you. It might be upsetting at first so try to prepare yourself for this.
See ‘Continuing with the pregnancy’ for next steps.