I'm a 14 year old girl and found out last week I'm pregnant. Help is appreciated.

Kristy - posted on 03/07/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hey guys. My name's Kristy. I'm 14 and last week I found out I'm pregnant. How do I prepare for a baby? How do I learn on how to care for my baby? I have a 15 year old boyfriend that's very shocked, like myself, but he'll stay with me. How do I begin to prepare/ start learning how to take care of a child?

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Kristi - posted on 03/07/2013

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Excellent book!

Little Miss pretty much summed it up...talk to your parents and get to a good ob/gyn for proper pre-natal care, that is very important. Everything you breathe, drink and eat goes straight to your baby. Be sure to get plenty of rest.

Depending on your financial situation, you can start checking second hand stores, Craig's List, etc. for baby items such as a crib, stroller, bassinet. One item you should really buy new is a car seat. I found Luvs brand diapers to work the best and they were priced better than Huggies and Pampers. I also did not like the quality of the generic wipes. They seemed flimsy and even though they said unscented, they still smelled funny to me. If you get $30 for babysitting or something, go buy a case of diapers before you blow it at the movies. Again, like Little Miss said, babies are expensive.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnan...

This is a link to an article about foods you should avoid. It has other links on it to additional information about keeping healthy during your pregnancy.

Talk to your guidance counselor about a plan for your education during your pregnancy and have a tenative plan(s) in place before your baby is born for continuing your eduction once the baby is born. It will be one way to try and stay on track and since it was pre-planned, it will be one less thing for you to worry about.

Staying healthy and getting pre-natal care are the most important things you can do. Then, buy the book and continue to educate yourself. I'm sure you've heard the saying, there is no such thing as a stupid question...well that couldn't be more true when you are pregnant. You have 2 lives at stake, so no matter how silly you think the question might sound to someone else, if you are unsure about something, ask anyways.

Good luck and keep us posted!

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/07/2013

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Also, get the book "what to expect when you are expecting". It will help guide you through your pregnancy.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 03/07/2013

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Well, have you talked with your parents yet? That is the first step. Then starting to go to prenatal visits at the doctor and getting on prenatal vitamins. Take care of yourself and eat healthy. Everything you eat the baby eats. You can certainly take some parenting classes, and usually around 34-36 weeks, you take a course in what to expect for delivery, and in part is a parenting class on how to take care of an infant. If either of you have jobs, start saving as much money as you can, cause babies are expensive. You certainly will have a baby shower, and I am sure you will get a lot of newborn needs...things such as cloths, daipers, possibly cribs, strollers, bottles, etc. But still, save up money, cause diapers for instance are very expensive, and so is formula if you don't breast feed.

Also, you need to think about where you will live, and if you are going to continue school. I hope you do. It will be hard to restart if you drop out after the baby is born. Good luck.

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