What to do if you think you might be pregnant
There are very few situations that are as stressful as dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. If you believe that you may be pregnant, the first logical step is to find out if you really are. One in six female college students will purchase a home pregnancy test at some point during the course of their studies. These kits are a good start, but nothing can take the place of professional medical care. If you think you’re pregnant, make an appointment to find out for sure.
Dealing with a Positive Test
If you’re pregnant in college, chances are you don’t have a solid plan for how to deal with the news. The most important thing that you can do when faced with this situation is to remember that you have options. After doing some soul searching, you must make the choice that is right for you. Your options are to keep the baby, put the baby up for adoption or get an abortion.
Keeping the Baby
Many young women who are faced with an unplanned pregnancy decide to keep their baby. This decision may be the most important one you’ll ever make, and it will completely change your life. Don’t allow others to make the decision for you. You (perhaps alongside the father) will be responsible for the child, so the decision should be yours alone.
Before you make this decision, there are many factors to consider, including:
- What role will the father play in the child’s life?
- Will you have the support of your family and friends?
- Can you support a child financially? Will you work or try to get support from a government agency?
- Will you finish college?
Today’s adoptions are a far cry from the “shameful” hidden and forced adoptions of decades passed. Today, it’s possible for a birth mother to put a child up for adoption and then remain in contact with him or her. Birth mothers also have a great deal of say in deciding who is chosen as the adoptive parents. If you decide that adoption is the right path for you to take, consult your doctor or local health clinic, or visit Planned Parenthood for a referral to a good adoption agency.