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

You may have never expected to be pregnant during high school. It was the last thing you had on your mind, but here you are.

Take a deep breath, and know you are not alone.  Many high schoolers have been pregnant before and had to figure out what to do. We offer support for these situations. Contact us today for an appointment. Our services are offered free of charge.

Here’s what you need to know if you are pregnant in high school.

1. You Have Three Options.

Regardless of your situation, you have three options: parenting, adoption, and abortion.

If the idea of parenting feels completely impossible, many organizations are ready to support you financially and emotionally. Weigh the pros and cons of this option carefully, as it’s a big decision.

Adoption requires carrying your pregnancy to term and then placing your child with a qualified adoptive couple of your choice. This option can lead to a bright future for your child and allow for continued communication, but it comes with physical and emotional sacrifices.

Abortion might seem like an easy option, but it can lead to an increased risk of negative mental health impacts if you feel pressured, have conflicting beliefs, have existing maternal desires, or have existing mental health issues. It also comes with some risks and side effects to consider.

Learn about each one and make an informed choice.

2. It’s Your Decision.

Even though you are likely considered a minor under eighteen, your pregnancy is your decision. No one, not even a parent, is allowed to coerce you into a pregnancy option you don’t want to make.

3. You Have Rights.

If you decide to parent or place your child for adoption, you have rights under Title IX.  Your school (high school or future college) cannot discriminate against you and must make reasonable accommodations while you are pregnant.

They must allow you to continue participating, excuse necessary absences and medical leave, and allow you to return and make up any missed work.

If you would like to enroll in a college program while pregnant, look for organizations specializing in helping pregnant college students and learn about your available resources.

4. This Is Only One Chapter in Your Story.

High school comes and goes. If you are concerned about what others in high school may think, remember that this is only a short chapter in your story.

While you may lose touch with many classmates as you start college programs or careers, your pregnancy decision will impact your life the most. Make sure your decision reflects what you want for your future.

5. Pathways Clinic Can Help.

If you live near Washougal, Washington, visit our clinic. We offer free-of-charge pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing, and community resources.

Our caring team members are ready to help you during this time. Schedule an appointment and visit us today!

Confidence Comes With Choosing Courage Over Fear.