Facing an unplanned pregnancy is difficult for anyone, but as a teeanger, It may seem like the world is ending. As a pregnant teenager girl, you are probably incredibly scared, anxious, and not sure where to turn next. There is absolutely no one who can make this choice but you. It is your body, and you are ultimately the only person who can decide what to do. You basically have three choices. Become a parent, choose adoption or choose abortion. In many cases, it is helpful to discuss the scenario with you partner and anyone else who may support you during the process.
We have laid out some things to consider when facing an unplanned pregnancy as a teeanger.
Bringing a child into the world is probably the biggest responsibility any person can take on. Taking care of an infant and raising a child requires constant attention and a lot of effort. It’s important to determine if you have the support in place to handle a baby. Support comes in many ways. Emotional support is one factor, while financial support is also so important. A child is costly, and you need to make sure you have the money to take care of the child until adulthood.
If you are still in school, whether it be high school or the beginning of college, it’s incredibly important to finish out your degree. Dropping out and thinking you’ll return to your education at a later date is unlikely. According to the CDC, only half of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by the age of 22. Without the proper education, jobs will be harder to come by and financial woes will ensure. Whatever choice you make, continuing your education and earning your high school and college degree are vital. Otherwise, you risk being disappointed later in life when you realize you didn’t live up to your full potential and may find yourself unfullfilled in your job.
It goes without saying that having a baby changes everything. Your lifestyle must be adjusted to meet the needs of the child. Facing an unplanned pregnancy as a teeanger can force you into becoming an adult before you are fully ready. Sometimes, this change can leave you feeling anxious and stressed later in life, wondering what you missed out on by not having your teenage years for yourself.
There are so many factors to consider when deciding whether to become a parent. Make sure to talk to your support system to help you weigh all of the pros and cons. If you need someone to talk to, you can call us anytime day or night at 888-505-2367 or text us 610-613-1911. Our caseworkers are here to offer unbiased advice. You do not have to face your unplanned pregnancy alone.