Discovering that you’re pregnant can be a daunting and frightening experience, particularly if you’re still living with your family. One of the first things you might wonder is how to tell your parents.
However, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and many young women find themselves pregnant while still in school. There are resources and options available to help you navigate this situation.
In this article, you’ll learn how to mentally and emotionally prepare to share the news with your parents and handle their potential reactions.
Confirm Your Pregnancy
If you’re experiencing common pregnancy symptoms like fatigue, nausea, and a missed period, you may want to take a pregnancy test to confirm your pregnancy. By getting confirmation, you can eliminate any doubts and start planning for the future.
Our cliniccenter provides free, medical-grade pregnancy testing to confirm your pregnancy. We can also assist you in determining the best time to take the test based on the date of your last period.
Did you know 1 in 4 pregnancies end in a natural miscarriage? Our clinic offers no-cost limited obstetrical ultrasounds administered by our licensed medical staffa registered diagnostic medical sonographer. An ultrasound confirms if your pregnancy is viable (growing) or if you are having have had a miscarriage.
After confirming your pregnancy, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to make any decisions or tell anyone right away.
Give yourself time to process the news and understand your situation. As you prepare to tell your parents about your pregnancy, it’s a good idea to consider your options.
Ultimately, this decision is yours alone, and you need to choose the best option for you. Are you considering abortion, parenting, or making an adoption plan?
Having a rough idea of what you want to do can help you prepare for any questions or concerns your parents may have. Remember that resources and support are available, and seeking help is a sign of strength.
Share With Confidence
If you’ve made a decision decided about your pregnancy but are unsure when to tell your parents, it’s important to remember that there may never be a perfect time.
However, we recommend confidently approaching the conversation as soon as you feel ready. Be prepared to provide details such as how far along you are and whether you’ve confirmed the pregnancy with a test, but also understand that your parents may need time and space to process the news themselves.
A follow-up conversation may be necessary to answer any questions or concerns they may have.
Choose the Right Time and Place
Sharing the news of an unexpected pregnancy is never easy, but you will feel more confident the more research and evaluation you do before having this conversation. If you expect an angry response from your parents, we recommend meeting with a trusted adult or expert beforehand so that you can evaluate your options without pressure from others.
It’s also important to consider your parents’ schedules and emotional state when deciding when and where to have the conversation. Choose a time when they are not busy or stressed and a location where you can talk privately.
At Options for Women St. Croix Valley, we have a team of compassionate and caring professionals dedicated to providing you with the information and resources you need to make the best decision for your health and future. We offer no-cost appointments, so schedule yours today!