Pregnant? Time to make some important choices
Even with a steadily declining teenage birth rate, two in five young women in the U.S. will become pregnant before they turn 20. If you are one of them, the news that you are pregnant will probably come as a shock, forcing you to make some big, life-changing decisions. Will you carry your baby to term, as 50% of pregnant teenagers choose to do? Will you keep the baby or give it up for adoption? Will you terminate the pregnancy? Does your partner or your parents have a say in your decision?
Whatever option you choose, know that we are here for you
At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we want you to know that we care about you and the choices you make, as well as about your health. With no judgments, we’ll help you evaluate the pros and cons of each option. And no matter what course of action you decide to take, we’re here for you with information, advice and medical treatment.
First, make sure you’re pregnant
Usually, the way to tell if you’re pregnant is by missing a period and/or getting a positive result on a home pregnancy test. Although a home test is generally accurate, it isn't as reliable as the laboratory blood test that doctors can perform. Even if you’re sure you’re pregnant, we urge you to come in and see us to confirm it. Then together, we can talk about where to go from there.
If you decide to carry your baby to term, it’s very important to get prenatal care, for you and your baby
Many teenage girls keep their pregnancy a secret as long as possible. Others deny that they’re pregnant, or hope that it will “go away” on its own. As a result, they often don’t receive thorough prenatal care during the crucial early months of their baby’s development, which can lead to problems later on. If you’re pregnant, it’s very important that you come in for an overall health assessment, prenatal tests, nutritional guidance and many other pregnancy-related services. Most of all, we want to help you through this very emotional and most likely stressful time in any way we can.
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Please contact us to discuss any of these topics. Whenever, wherever you need us, we’re here for you.