16 And Pregnant

Published: October 15, 2012
Dear 16 And Pregnant,

Hello, please do help... I'm so... Confused... I honestly think I and 16, and pregnant... I have decided that I am not going to abort the baby, and my boyfriend is comming over tonight, where I will tell him, face too face. My boyfriend and I will decide when to tell my parents, and wether we will put the baby up for adoption. My question is, what should I do about highschool? I've heard of people getting expelled from our highschool, for being pregnant... I don't know if I should continue going to school, while I'm pregnant... But I'm too young to drop out... Please help? Do I have a choice? I've watched the Juno movie 10 times, and I don't know why... Maybe it's my hormones?


Dear 16 And Pregnant,

TeenHealthFX can appreciate that you may be feeling overwhelmed, scared and confused about what to do. FX thinks that you need to tell your boyfriend about the pregnancy, and then talk to your parents about it as soon as possible for the following reasons:

  • It is important that you are receiving prenatal care regardless of whether you are keeping the baby or putting it up for adoption. You should have an appointment scheduled with an ob/gyn as soon as possible – and hopefully your parents can help you to set this up.
  • You need to have some people who can offer support and guidance as far as what choice you plan to make with this pregnancy. You can talk to your boyfriend, your parents, your ob/gyn, or even a counselor at school so you can decide what option will be best for you.
  • You and your parents can check about your school’s policy in terms of attending while pregnant. You can also discuss with your parents how to best handle your education – there is no reason why you should have to abandon your high school degree if you don’t want to. FX cannot tell you what to do as far as whether or not you should continue your education – what you need to think about is what you handle right now and what will be best for you in the future in terms of your level of education and related job choices.

FX also recommends that you consider the following resources:

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