We recently got a comment here at P&B from an 18 year old girl who is worried that she might...
We recently got a comment here at P&B from an 18 year old girl who is worried that she might be pregnant. It's a valid worry. Pregnant teens can have a hard time, BUT if you're a pregnant teen, or a teen who thinks she might be pregnant you do have options, and you should also know that your age does not mean that you'll be a bad mama.
- Nearly 1 million teenage girls in the United States give birth every year - so you're not alone.
- You may be terrified, overjoyed, confused, or angry - but know that all of these feelings are normal. Even women who aren't teenagers have emotions and feelings like this when they're pregnant.
- Age does not mean you can't be an excellent mama. If you're a teen who is pregnant, and you want to keep your baby, you CAN be a great mama. I've known plenty of older mamas who can't cut it, and younger mamas who can. What matters more than age is your attitude, your support system, and your ability to make positive choices for you and your baby.
- Tell someone. You cannot do this alone. You need to tell a parent, nurse, or other adult you trust.
- Get prenatal care. If you don't have health insurance learn how to find low-cost or free health care. You need prenatal care for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
- Start taking folic acid today!
- Do not drink or smoke, have unprotected sex, or stay in an abusive relationship.
- Do eat healthy, get some exercise, take a childbirth class, and try to relax.
- Start learning about baby care and baby safety.