Some things are hard to announce. Saying “I flunked biology” or “I wrecked the car” seems easy compared to telling your parents you’re pregnant. It’s a surprise to everyone, especially you. If you need to talk with your parents about being pregnant, we have a few recommendations that may make it a little easier. Take a deep breath. You’ve got this.
1. Get confirmation first
A late period can be scary because it’s usually the first early sign of pregnancy. However, a change in your menstrual cycle can be caused by other factors such as stress, hormones, or even excessive exercise. Before you tell your parents, come to Alpha Omega Center for a free and confidential medical-grade pregnancy test. Our tests have a manufacturer’s accuracy rating of 99% so you can be assured you’re getting an accurate result.
2. Learn about your options
Once your pregnancy is confirmed, you need to take time to process the news and learn about your options. Yes, believe it or not, you do have options. One of our caring staff members will be happy to sit down and chat with you. Of course, just like our pregnancy tests, our consultation service is free and confidential.
We are a safe, non-judgmental place where you can talk freely about your situation, your future, and your parents. Together we can discuss the options of abortion, adoption, or parenting. You’ll be amazed when you learn about all that’s available to you.
3. Choosing the place and time
Life is stressful. Between work, household duties, and other activities, everyone is busy. Choose a time to talk with your parents when they aren’t rushed. If your parents are no longer together, decide if you want to talk with them separately or at once. Having reactive parents may require you to choose a public place, such as a coffee shop, to have your conversation. Only you know the best time to talk with them.
4. Telling them the news
The thought of mom and/or dad looking at you with disappointment or even anger in their eyes is devastating. But, it’s important to be completely honest with them. After talking with one of our staff members, you should have a good idea of your next step. Present your parents with the facts. They’ll want to know who the birth father is and how long you’ve been pregnant. If you’re open and honest with them, they may surprise you with their response.
You Are Not Alone
You don’t have to face your unplanned pregnancy alone. We’re here for you. No matter what option you choose, we’ll support you and help you. This is one of the most important decisions of your life. Make an appointment for free pregnancy testing and options counseling. Let’s talk this out together.