Facing an Unplanned Pregnancy
What Are My Options When Pregnant at 13?
Your Complete Guide on Unplanned Pregnancy Options
If you’re pregnant at 13, then you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. But you always have options, and you’re not alone.
We understand that you’re scared, but with our help, you’ll have the resources and support needed to do what’s best for your situation. Our goal is to walk you through your unplanned pregnancy options so that you can have a safe, supported experience.
To get immediate assistance, reach out to a national adoption hotline at 1-800-ADOPTION or contact us online at any time.
Pregnant at 13 [Your Unplanned Pregnancy Options]
When you’re 13 and pregnant, one of the first things you’ll need to do is talk to your parents. Although you may be avoiding telling your parents about the news, know that they are the ones who can help you get through this situation. And they will always love you, no matter what. Whichever unplanned pregnancy option you choose, you will need their help to follow through with the plan.
In general, there are three unplanned pregnancy options when you’re pregnant at 13 years old:
- Adoption: If you want to give your child the best life possible, then adoption is an option for you. Plenty of families are prepared to give your baby a loving home. Through adoption, you can receive free services and support, including 24/7 support and counseling and financial assistance. Even at 13, you will make all the decisions while your birth parent specialist coordinates everything.
- Parenting: Make sure to consider the realities of parenting as a pregnant teen. At 13, you’re legally unable to work, so you may not have the financial means needed to support your child as they grow. You’re probably still relying on the support from your parents, so they would have to be ready to support their grandchild if you choose to parent.
- Abortion: As a safe unplanned pregnancy option, abortion could be an option for you. But when you’re pregnant at 13, you may need parental permission to obtain this procedure. It can also cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. This procedure, however, does not impact your ability to carry a future pregnancy and will prevent your body from going through 13-year-old pregnancy symptoms when your body’s still developing.
To learn more about your unplanned pregnancy options, call a national adoption hotline at 1-800-ADOPTION or contact us online to get connected with a counselor.
What Are the Benefits of Adoption When 13 and Pregnant?
Choosing adoption when you’re pregnant at 13 years old can feel scary and overwhelming, but know that there are many adoption professionals out there that can help you start your journey. And it will always be 100% free for you.
You’ll be in complete control of your entire adoption experience. When you create your adoption plan, your birth parent specialist will be by your side from start to finish. Your adoption plan serves as a guide – based on your needs and what’s best for you – to help you navigate each step of the adoption process. When you’re 13 and pregnant, you’ll be able to:
- Choose an adoptive family that matches your preferences.
- Meet the adoptive family via email, phone call, video chat or in person.
- Create a hospital plan that outlines who you want in the hospital room with you and other details.
- Choose the amount of communication and openness you want to have with the adoptive family and your child after placement. Open and semi-open adoption is a common type of adoption relationship that allows you to stay in touch with your child for years to come.
Get More Information about How to Place Your Baby for Adoption When Pregnant at 13
Michelle, a birth parent specialist who went through the adoption process herself as a teenager, is always available to answer questions about putting a baby up for adoption.
“I am available to answer any questions that arise, particularly from birth moms, as I have been in your shoes and know what you’re feeling,” Michelle said. “It was most helpful when I had someone to talk to who would just listen to me without making any judgments about who I was as a person.”
If you have any questions about the adoption process for a pregnant teen, then fill out this contact form to connect with Michelle now.
Ready to get started? Contact an adoption agency now to get free information.