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How to Tell Your Family About an Unplanned Pregnancy

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on October 18, 2019

If you're a teen and have just discovered you're pregnant, you're not alone. Right now, you might feel scared, confused, or shocked. You might be thinking something like, "This can't really be happening." And you know you'll have to tell your parents.

No matter how close you are with your parents, you probably aren't sure how they'll react.

Telling your family about an unplanned pregnancy can be a really awkward conversation to have. Just the surprise alone can be enough to make parents say and do things in the heat of the moment that they probably don’t mean.

Here are some tips to have an open and honest conversation with your parents — and to figure out what to do next.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, pregnancy pregnant decisions, 16 and Pregnant, teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, tell my parents i'm pregnant

Can My Parents Make Me Get an Abortion?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 23, 2019

"I'm 15 and just found out that I'm pregnant. I'm not sure if I'm ready to be a mom, but I don't think I could go through with getting an abortion, either. My boyfriend and my friends tell me I'd be a great mom. My parents are furious and told me they made an appointment for an abortion. Can they make me get an abortion?"

No one can make you have an abortion if you don't want to. Unless you're in a medical emergency and your life is in danger, they can't force you to have an abortion. Medical providers can only perform abortions for women who've decided to have one. Plus, even though you're under 18, you have the right to make important choices about your health and life.

Think about what's best for your life right now. Becoming a mom because your friends think you should, or getting an abortion since your parents think you should might not be what's right for you. Sure, you may get advice from others around you, but only you can decide what's best for your situation.

Any woman who has an unplanned pregnancy has three choices. She can become a parent, get an abortion, or choose adoption for her baby. To decide between parenting, abortion, or adoption in teen pregnancy, you’ll first need to understand exactly what these options involve. Today, we're going over all three choices, so that you can best decide which is right for you!

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Topics: teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, Pregnancy choices, unwanted pregnancy options, pregnancy options, abortion or adoption, unplanned pregnancy choices, abortion vs adoption

Teens and Adoption...What Are Your Rights?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 4, 2017

If you’re in your teens and are pregnant, your parents can’t force you into a decision about your baby. Before you decide what to do about your pregnancy, make sure to learn all that you can about your pregnancy choices and parenting options. Lifetime is available 24/7 to help you learn about adoption, including all of the birth mother rights and choices you have with modern adoption.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options, adoption or parenting, positive pregnancy test

I Had a Baby at 15 – Here’s My Story

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on July 21, 2016

What’s it like to be 15 and pregnant, and then become a mom? Check out Nicole’s story and where she is now:

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Topics: teenage moms, teen pregnancy, pregnant, teenage pregnancy

Can a Young Teen Make an Adoption Plan?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 7, 2016

I just learned that my 13-year-old daughter is pregnant.  She thinks that she is eight months along and has been hiding it from all of us.  I'm mad and sad all at the same time, but one thing I know for sure is that she needs to give up this baby for adoption.  Can you help us even though she hasn't been to the doctor yet and is so young?

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy options

Q&A: I’ve been dating the father of my baby. Wouldn’t it be better if we just got married and tried to raise the child together even if I don’t love him?

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on November 18, 2013

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Topics: teenmom, Pregnancy, Adoption Questions, teenage moms, adoptive couples, teens, Adoption Tips, teen pregnancy, teenage pregnancy

He Wants Me to Have an Abortion

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on August 19, 2009

This question recently came to me from a pregnant teen, considering her pregnancy choices:
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Topics: Adoption, unplanned pregnancy, abortion help pregnant, teenage pregnancy

"16 and Pregnant" show on MTV

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 12, 2009

The new show "16 and Pregnant" on MTV follows teens who are pregnant and dealing with issues like marriage, adoption, school, work, and gossip. The first episode, which aired last night, featured Maci, who is pregnant and just graduating high school. Her baby's father, Ryan, doesn't seem supportive at all. While Maci works, goes to college, and takes care of their baby Bentley Cadence, he enjoys nights out with friends and can't even be bothered to change one diaper.

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Topics: unplanned pregnancy, teens, counseling pregnancy, teenage pregnancy