I’ve just found out I’m pregnant,

I’ve just found out I’m pregnant, I’m 16 and I am completely unsure of what to do. I don’t know whether to keep it or not. My mum says she’s with me all the way no matter what, and so is my boyfriend. I just don’t know if I am ready. Editor’s note: Thanks for writing in…It’s very important that you get all the facts about all the options open to you – parenting, adoption and abortion – from your nearest pregnancy centre of from leaflets on this website. It’s really good you have support from your mum and boyfriend, but you need to know in your own heart and mind what you want to do. Unfortunately, there is no turning back now – none of the options can do that for you. The next important thing you need to do is talk your situation through with someone who understands all the pressures on you right now, both external pressures like other people’s opinions, your circumstances such as your education, your age etc; and internal pressures, such as your instinct towards the pregnancy, your conscience or your sense of what’s right and wrong, and your beliefs about things like being a parent or when life begins. It’s so easy to respond out of fear and panic, so visiting your nearest pregnancy centre to talk it through is a good first move. The centre should be able to offer you ongoing support whatever you decide. Be brave – they’re very friendly! We’ll be thinking of you.

This story was sent in on 25/02/2009

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