Teen Pregnancy Advice
If you recently found out that your daughter is pregnant, you might be experiencing emotions ranging from hopelessness to anger to sadness. You'll need support through this time period, so reach out to family members orconsider going to a counselor. Also, your daughter will need support. A good option is to encourage your daughter to go to counseling to discuss her emotions, choices and future, and attend counseling together. Look into local support groups for pregnant teens, so your daughter can get support from other young women going through the same thing.
You have three main options to consider, according to the Mayo Clinic. Your teen could keep the baby, or talk to their medical doctor about other options. It's important to have a dialogue around the options, talk about the pros and cons and consider the best option for your daughter and family. Listen to what your daughter feels is the best option, and try to support her even if you don't believe it's the right choice. You should definitely give her guidance, but she may not take the path that you think she should. Consider including the baby's father in these discussions.
Discuss Lifestyle Changes
Your teen might not know what lifestyle changes she needs to make to have a healthy baby. Teens Health reports that you should talk to her about some of the things she'll need to do such as quitting smoking, drinking and using drugs if applicable; avoiding caffeine; getting plenty of sleep; eating healthfully; and avoiding unsafe sex from which she could contract sexually transmitted diseases.
Depending on your daughter's choice, you should consider enrolling her in prenatal classes or at the PACE (Providing Access to Continuing Education) School. In these classes, she'll learn what to expect during delivery and practical skills such as changing a baby's diaper and feeding a baby.
Prepare for the Baby
You'll have to make a lot of decisions as a family if your teen intends on keeping the baby. For example, you'll have to decide if your teen will attend the PACE School to enable her to return to high school and/or go to college as well as who'll watch the baby during these times and what role each family member will play in the baby's life.