Hiya, I’m 16 years of age and I’m 5 months pregnant. It all came as a shock for everybody.

Hiya, I’m 16 years of age and I’m 5 months pregnant. It all came as a shock for everybody. Sometimes I just wish I could turn back time, but on the other hand, I feel this is the best thing that's ever happened to me. I have my parents and family support, which helps a lot! My boyfriend is 20 years of age; he's a full time worker. So he's providing money for me and the baby. He helps a lot too. I did keep having second thoughts when I found out that I was pregnant. I needed to think it through quickly, as I didn't find out till I was 10 weeks pregnant. When I attended the 12 week scan, it was so special! My boyfriend and I were so happy. It's so hard to make a decision when you have people talking about you and telling you that you have your full life ahead of you, and you try to block out as much as you can because it doesn't help. Think of what you really want. This is what I wanted and wanted from the start, as I’m fully against abortions. It's not going to be the end of your life and fun and happiness. I see it as just another family member :) It's a big decision, but not the first and not the last. Hope everything goes well for anyone who is in the same position as me. You won’t regret your choice, because I wouldn't change my decision for the world :) Editor’s note: Thanks for sharing your story with us…It sounds as if you have listened to your heart, recognised what you want, but nevertheless had a few initial misgivings about what this might mean for you. You’ve made a brave decision; especially in the face of knowing what other people think is best for you. You need as much support as possible, not only for the pregnancy, but also for your relationship with your boyfriend as you face the challenge of being parents. However hard or straightforward being a mum may be, you know you can be at peace with yourself at a deep level. Let us know how you get on!

This story was sent in on 17/06/2008

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