There is an enormous amount of stress when you first learned that you are pregnant. Topped it with your young age, and everything else will easily fall apart. It is not easy being a teenage parent. The weight of which being unexpected and unwanted will make you drop your wits and cause you emotional distress.
But, there is always hope. Pregnancy at an early age is not the endpoint of everything. It may be devastating to see your future dissolving right before your eyes, knowing that your life will not be as you have foreseen. Yet, you can always make the most of where you are right now.
If you are pregnant in your teenage years, it is understandable that you may not know what to do. We have listed down a few practical tips that can help you deal with your pregnancy the right way.
Practical Tips for Teenage Parents
- Be honest with your parents. It may create a great deal of stress and anger, but they are the best support in your journey to parenting. They will always have your back, even if they are angry and disappointed.
- Consider the welfare of your child. The days when you can freely go anywhere or do what you like will be fewer, but your child is your priority. He/She needs you now the most. (And soon, you will realize how gratifying it will feel)
- Seek counsel. You may not choose to go to a doctor or a community center, but you need someone you can trust to guide you and help you deal with your situation better. Seek help from people who are always looking out for you.
- Educate yourself. Try to read books or articles about parenting. Learn how to properly take care of your baby, as well as yourself. You can also join social media groups about parenting to learn more from first-hand experiences.
- Take it easy. Nobody steps on the parental wagon ready and well-prepared. No matter how much you try to equip yourself, nothing beats experiencing it. Forgive yourself for times when you don’t know what to do. (We all have been through the same thing!)
- Continue to go to school. As we have mentioned above, pregnancy is not the endpoint of your dreams. Your life may have taken a different direction, but you always have the chance to turn it right back. Going back to school can help you, and your child has a better future. It will be hard, but it will be worth it.
- Take good care of yourself. It is not selfish if you want to look out for yourself. You are doing this for your child also. He/She needs a healthy mom and dad to take care of him/her.
- List down your goals. It is not too late to sit down and dream. Now, you are doing this not just for yourself but also for your baby.
- Do not mind the negative things others are saying. You cannot stop others from judging you or saying negative things about you. Never put these comments to heart. In the end, you know better who you are and what you are going through.
- Have hope. All these things will pass. At some point, you will feel less angry, less hurt, and less condemning to yourself, as time passed. You will be happier.
Most importantly, pray. In all the things you do, God will always be faithful as long as you seek Him.
You can do it, Dears!