If you are unexpectedly pregnant while still living with your parents, or you’re still in high school or college, this is understandably a very vulnerable and scary time for you. You likely feel like your world has turned upside down, and worrying about how your parents might react to the news can be very stressful. We understand what you’re going through, but it’s important to know that you’re not alone. 

This article will highlight steps you can take to feel more prepared and confident to tell your parents your pregnancy news. However, if you want to talk to someone in person about your pregnancy, contact AscentCare to schedule a free, confidential appointment. We’re here to ensure you are informed and, most importantly, supported. 

Confirm Your Pregnancy

Did you know that missing your period and experiencing common early pregnancy symptoms isn’t enough to confirm a pregnancy? Taking a pregnancy test is the first step in confirming your pregnancy—and if you get a positive result, getting an ultrasound is the next step.

If you would like to confirm your pregnancy before talking to your parents, we’re here to help. Schedule a FREE appointment at AscentCare for pregnancy testing and ultrasound, which will give you the essential information you need. 

Choose the Right Time (And Support)

Once you’ve confirmed your pregnancy, it’s critical to choose a time when one or both of your parents are not busy. This will help ensure they are able to give you their undivided attention. Are they less busy on the weekends? In the morning or evening? These are important factors to consider.

Also, if it helps soothe any anxiety, make sure you have support, such as a boyfriend or trusted friend, when you tell your parents. Having someone with you is vital if one or both of your parents have a history of violence or extreme moods (if this is the case, it’s also critical to tell them in a public setting).

Anticipate Their Reaction

Because your parents aren’t expecting this and may even be unaware that you are sexually active, be prepared that they may be upset, shocked, and surprised. Their reaction is perfectly normal.

If you have a healthy relationship with your parents, they will most likely support and love you through this. If your relationship is rocky, they still need to know you’re pregnant, but make sure you have other people in your circle as well that will support and encourage you. Again, having a trusted adult with more life experience will go a long way in helping you make the right decision for you.

Schedule An Appointment

You’re not alone as you navigate this time in your life. At AscentCare, we’re here for you.

We offer free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and consultations—and we will help you look at your options and provide a judgment-free zone for you to learn about your pregnancy.