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Teen Pregnancy
Find out what you need to know about teen pregnancy.
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Pregnancy and Teens

Pregnancy can be a scary time for anyone, but especially if it is your first time and you are a teen-ager. You may be scared, confused, and not sure what to do or whom to turn to for help.

Know what to expect and how to care for yourself. We want you to feel in control, so as to keep you and your baby healthy. The following will explain the choices you have and how best to handle these health and lifestyle changes.

  • Since I am pregnant, do I need to see a doctor? It is very important for you to be checked by a qualified health care professional as soon as possible once you find out you are pregnant. Click here to learn what to expect at this first visit.
  • What do I do if my pregnancy was unplanned? If your pregnancy was not planned, you need to decide whether to keep the baby, give the baby up for adoption or have an abortion (end the pregnancy). Click herefor information on adoption and abortion.
  • How do I care for the baby and myself? If you decide to have the baby, you need to know how to care for yourself and your unborn child. Click here to learn about prenatal care.
  • What are the complications of pregnancy? Teens are at higher risk of certain complications associated with being pregnant. Click here to find out how to prevent and identify these complications.
  • What if I find out that I am not pregnant? If you are not pregnant, you may want to speak with your health care provider about birth control options.

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