Teen Pregnancy: Breaking the news to your parents

January 8, 2008

Informing your parents about your pregnancy when you are a teen can be one of the toughest things you will have to do. You may not know how your parents may react to the news and it may be a very tense situation for you. Some parents upon hearing the news may be unsupportive as their child is a baby herself while other parents may accept the news with wide-open arms. But even if feel that your parents won't support you or may object your decisions or have concerns, it is very important that you inform your parents of your pregnancy anyway.

If you are a pregnant teenager worried about how to break the news to your parents, remember that your parents are concerned about you and that they love you. If they yell or scream after hearing the news, put yourself in their shoes and understand what they must be feeling. Listen to them calmly and their opinions and explain what happened to them. Do not yell back or fight their objections. Yelling will only make things escalate. So, be calm. If you feel like you cannot break the news to them in person, write a letter to them instead. Tell them that you would like their support and in the letter, also tell them what you have decided. If you feel like you cannot break the news to them alone, have the father of your baby accompany you. Tell him you would do the same when he decides to break the news to his parents. You could try also breaking the news to one parent and let them talk to each other if you think it makes it easier.

Seeking Support for Teen Pregnancy

After you have informed your parents, look for services in your community that help out teen mothers. Find out if any high school offer daycare services. Also, keep your health in check and visit your doctor's office from time to time for medical care. Babies born in teen mothers usually tend to have low birth weight and other serious complications. So, ask for doctor for advice on how to keep yourself and your baby healthy.

Being a mother is a huge responsibility which means you will have to make certain changes to your lifestyle as well. This means if you are a smoker or a drinker, you will have to quit these habits. So, you have to be responsible. If you accept these duties and changes, which are necessary to raise a healthy child, you will be a great parent with nothing but joy to look forward to.

For more information on teen pregnancy check out our pregnancy videos.

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