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Teenage Pregnancy: How to Cope



So you think you may be pregnant? Before you freak out too much, be sure to check out SmartMomma's early pregnancy symptoms. If you think you may be pregnant, get yourself a home pregnancy test online or at your local drugstore. After you have confirmed you are pregnant, consider your options carefully. You can:

a) Terminate your pregnancy
b) Give your baby up for adoption
c) Raise your baby yourself

These are some tough choices for anyone to make, much less a teenager. Most likely, none of those options are really appealing to you and you’re not sure where to turn. Before you make your decision, here are some links for some agencies that can help you cope, and most importantly, not judge or pressure you.

Americanpregnancy.org: The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to resolving reproductive, pregnancy and sexual health concerns through education research, advocacy and community awareness. This link will take you to the Unplanned Pregnancy page, which will detail your choices and offer support.

Thehelpline.org: America's Pregnancy Helpline is a national health organization committed to ongoing reproductive research and education, promoting community awareness and providing fact-based information for women and families with pregnancy related needs. Their goal is to empower women and families, within their own communities, through education and counseling, by offering healthy reproductive options and promoting and supporting healthy pregnancies with positive outcomes. The teen topics section of this website offers tips on telling your parents and boyfriend about your pregnancy and outlines your choices.

Teen pregnancy can be an entirely overwhelming and confusing occurrence in your life. You may think you can handle this alone, but please don't do anything you will regret. It is important that you have an adult you can confide in to guide you in making the many decisions you will need to make with your pregnancy. Talking to a parent is ideal; if this is not an option for you, find another adult that you can trust, or talk to one of these organizations' counselors. Don't go it alone. You need all the support you can get right now.

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