How do I tell my parents that I’m pregnant?

  • Find a time and place where you can talk privately with your parent(s) or guardians.
  • You can bring a friend or other adult along to support you if you think that might make it easier for you. Start by saying you have something really important to tell them.
  • You can also say that it’s taken a lot of courage for you to be honest with them. Then, just tell them.

Parents or guardians of teenagers have a variety of reactions to news of a pregnancy. By the time you tell them, you’ve probably had some time to adjust to the idea of pregnancy yourself. Your parent(s) or guardian(s) may need a similar adjustment period. In the end, the majority of parents or guardians want what is best for their child, and when it comes to a pregnancy, it’s no different.

You know your parent(s) or guardian(s) and your situation the best, and while many teens will feel nervous or scared about having this conversation with their parent(s) or guardian(s), some may have a sense that it’s not safe for them to talk to their immediate family. If you feel like it would be unsafe to share your pregnancy with your immediate family, it might help to talk with another trusted adult—like a teacher, counselor, health care professional, community leader or relative—about your situation beforehand. Sometimes having the support of another adult, either in person or just emotionally, can help assure that you feel supported.

Visit Sex, Etc.’s  Communication Tool for ideas about how to approach this conversation with your family. A great hotline for teens is called All-Options at 1-888-493-0092. They are open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

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