Telling Your Parents

You weren't planning it this way and your parents sure aren't expecting it. Being pregnant as a teenager doesn't mean your life is over, but it does mean you're going to need some extra support. 

Don't wait!

Telling your parents might be scary, but the sooner you tell them the easier it will be. They'll also be able to give you advice on what you should be doing during your pregnancy to keep your baby safe, help you find a doctor, and help get you ready to be a parent. 

Talk to a friend

If you're afraid to tell your parents, try telling another family member or a friend first. 

Take your time

This is going to be a long talk. Don't tell your parents right before you leave for school or work. Make sure you have a chance to sit down with them and really talk about what's going on and how you feel about it. 

Bring your partner

If you're both there when you talk to your parents, you'll be able to support each other. It'll also reassure your parents that you both understand that the baby is your responsibility. 

It's your baby

Remember, it's your baby. That means it's your choice whether you decide to parent your child or whether you decide to go the adoption route. Give everyone some time to calm down before you start to talk about what you want to do. 

Keep talking

This isn't a one-time conversation. Keep talking to your parents about how you're feeling, what you're thinking, and what kind of support you might need. Even if they were angry or disapointed in you when you first told them, most parents do want to support their daughter or son during a pregnancy.