How do I tell my parents I'm pregnant?

Morgan - posted on 08/09/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




I'm from a very religious family and I can't say I've always done what they would approve of. I am 18, and they know that I have been sexually active, but I had stopped and decided I wanted to go to a religious university in the fall. A little over a month ago I moved in with my grandparents about 8 hours away from home, and right before I moved I spent the day with my boyfriend and well...yeah. We did use birth control, two forms, but both failed and I just found out that I'm pregnant! At first I was scared and upset, but now I'm so excited and I'm so in love with the baby, even though I'm only about 6 weeks along. The problem now though is that soon I'm gonna need to visit a doctor and make sure everything is going okay, and eventually I need to tell my parents that because I'm pregnant I can't go to the college I was planning on. I just have no idea how to do this, and i'm terrified. Has anyone been in a similar situation? Has anyone ever had to break the news to their parents? Please help!


Dee - posted on 08/09/2013




Morgan, you are not alone in this. First congrats, it very exciting to be a mom and it is a lot of work emotionally and phsyically. You will feel a sense of love that you do not share for anyone else. I hope you continue to a have such a positive experience. Like you, I had a a very similar experience although I was much older and already completed college. With me, I told my parents immediately...the same day that I confirmed my pregnancy. I was equally scared to tell my parents and deal with the thoughts of being a mom. If I were you, I would definitely tell them in person; but, first figure things for yourself and your baby. You will need help with the baby and having the support of your family will useful to your new role. No matter what don't quit school. It will be hard work to balance it all; but in the long run an you can secure a better life. Look into a local community college, talk to your boyfriend and get a game plan together (plans to co-parent, look for a job, and getting a steady income will be essential or getting married if you are ready). The important thing is to take the next few months to prepare. Your parents/family may even be more willing to help and support you knowing that you are taking this serious. You will be amaze of the expense of basic needs for your baby, the tiredless nights and days. If you are closer to your mom or dad. I would approach that person first; but, the sooner you share your wonderful gift the better off you will be. During your pregnancy you want to lessen the amount of stress as much as possible. As with any parent, they may get upset but you will work it out. I wish you all the best and want you to know I'm here if you need to talk.

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