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Pregnancy information for teens & young adults

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Teen pregnancyFinding out you are pregnant can be overwhelming, especially if you did not plan to get pregnant. You might also feel anxious or worried about telling your parents. Remember, help and support are available.

If you think you might be pregnant, it is important to find out for sure by having a pregnancy test. Then you can learn about your options and the care and support that is available.

People you can talk to

If it is possible, talk to one or both of your parents or another close whānau (family) member. But you may prefer to talk to someone else first. Your general practice team is a good place to start. If you need to find a general practice team, you can search on this map.

Remember, your general practice team has to keep all information about your medical care confidential. They are good people to talk to because they know you best. But if you would prefer to see another doctor, you can see one for free at Te Tahi Youth.

You might prefer to go to see someone at Sexual Wellbeing Aotearoa. 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. You can call their helpline or text, email or chat for advice.

Pregnancy test results

A negative pregnancy test does not always mean you are not pregnant. If you think you are pregnant, but the test is negative, wait a few days before doing another test. If the test is negative, you might want to know more about contraception.

If your pregnancy test is positive, you may feel overwhelmed as you look at the options you need to consider. Remember there is help and support available to you.

Continuing the pregnancy

You may either wish to keep the baby or have the baby adopted. If you continue with the pregnancy you should contact a midwife. Midwives are trained health professionals who specialise in pregnancy and childbirth.

Ending the pregnancy

You may choose to end the pregnancy by having a termination (abortion).

Not sure

The most important thing is for you to have someone you can talk to about the different options available and how you are feeling. See the suggestions above for people you can talk to.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2023.

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See also:

Confidentiality

Contraception for teens & young adults

Pregnancy & childbirth

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