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Pregnancy information for teenagers

Teen pregnancyFinding out you are pregnant can be overwhelming, especially if you didn't plan it. You'll have a lot of questions, and it's important to get the right advice and support.

If you think you might be pregnant, don't put off seeing someone. The sooner you find out, the sooner you can work out what to do. It's best if you can confirm the pregnancy and then start looking at what your options are, and making a plan.

A GP (doctor) is a good person to start with. If you don't have a GP already, you can use this link to find one.

Who can you talk to?

Remember, your usual doctor has to keep all information about your medical care private, and is a good person to see because they know you best. But if you'd prefer to see another doctor, you can see one for free at 298 Youth Health.

You might prefer to go to see someone at Family Planning. They can help you confirm whether you are pregnant, then advise you as you decide what to do next.

You can also talk to a midwife – find one at Find your midwife. Many midwives provide free pregnancy tests, and can talk about your options with you. You can also drop in to the Midwifery Resource Centre for a pregnancy test.

Youthline also has some information on pregnancy, and you can also call their helpline, text, email, or chat to help sort out what to do.

You might also find it helpful to read the information about Adoption and Termination, or abortion.

Continuing pregnancy care

If you continue your pregnancy, it is most likely a midwife will look after you. Midwives are trained health professionals who specialise in pregnancy and childbirth.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2016.

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Confidentiality

Pregnancy & childbirth

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