3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s about 745,000 teen pregnancies each year.
An unplanned pregnancy is a scary and stressful time for anyone, but especially if you are a teenager who may or may not have a supportive partner and the means to raise and care for a baby. If you are in this situation, you are most likely feeling extremely overwhelmed, anxious, and completely alone. As the statistic from above shows, you are definitely not alone in this. No matter how unplanned this pregnancy was and how unprepared you may be feeling, it is important to know that you WILL get through this and even though you are feeling stuck, you actually have many options. If you have just recently found out you are a pregnant and have no idea if you are even going to keep the baby and don’t know what to do next, check out this website.
“Option Line provides caring, confidential support if you or someone you know is facing an unplanned pregnancy. We’re available to talk 24/7 and will offer reliable information you can trust. You can ask us anything; we are here for you.”
You can call their number at 800-395-4357.
This website will be helpful if you have already made the decision to keep the baby and have no idea where to go from here. The website talks about these topics:
- Prenatal Care
- Timeline of a Pregnancy
- Changes to Expect in Your Body
- Things to Avoid
- How to Care for Yourself During the Pregnancy
- Emotional Health
- School and the Future
If you ever need someone to talk to and don’t want to be criticized or judged, feel free to give the YouthLine a call and talk to another teen! The YouthLine volunteers would love to talk to you and help you through any tough emotions you are experiencing. Teens are available to talk Monday through Friday from 4-9pm.