If you suspect you or your partner might be pregnant then you should take
a test immediately.
Your local C2U drop ins offer free testing or you can go to pharmacies or your doctors.
You won't know for certain until you take a test and get a result. The earlier you find out the more options you have.
Many sexually active young people are faced with unintended pregnancy scares or actual pregnancies at some stage. Of course, this can be avoided through practicing safe sex by using contraception or by abstinence.
If you are pregnant then it's important you don't panic!
Talk to a close friend, family member, visit your local c2u drop in or call the helpline who can offer you free and confidential advice. Pregnancy brings many changes, challenges and decisions, but with support and advice you will get through it It might seem like a 'crisis' now but, in time, things will become clearer. Remember you're not the first and you won't be the last. Mistakes happen but having the courage to face up to them and make the most is a unique challenge.
Signs you may be pregnant
- Missed period - this is probably the most reliable sign but a missed period doesn’t always mean you are pregnant.
- Tender Breasts – this may be a sign but it may mean your period is on its way.
- Morning Sickness – this could come at any time of the day or night.
- Bloating – this could also mean your period is on its way.
If you are pregnant don't panic! It's a major time in your life, but you will cope.
- There are several organizations like Brook that aim to support women who are pregnant.
- If you become a mother or father it will be a challenging time for you, but help is available.
- Fathers matter and have a right to a say! In an ideal situation, the father will be around to be supportive during this situation.
- Both parents have responsibilities towards the baby.
- There are organizations who aim to help, advise and support single parents.