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Pregnancy information for teenagers

Teen pregnancyFinding out you're 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 need to find a GP, you can search on the West Coast PHO's website.

People you can 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.

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 your general practice for a pregnancy test.

Youthline also has some information on pregnancy, and you can 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's most likely that a midwife will look after you. Midwives are trained health professionals who specialise in pregnancy and childbirth.

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Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Last reviewed February 2019. Last updated December 2019.

See also:

Confidentiality

Pregnancy & childbirth

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