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Common signs of pregnancy:
- Missed a period or a much shorter, lighter period than usual
- Extreme tiredness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling bloated or period-like cramps
- Appetite changes
- Mood changes
- You can get a test from your local Family Planning Clinic, your doctor or sexual health clinics, pharmacy and supermarket.
- Take two tests for a reliable result.
- If you get a negative result take a pregnancy test again in 2 weeks in case it was too early in the pregnancy to be recognised on the test. If you get a positive result, see your doctor straight away.
Remember, although it can feel overwhelming and scary if you think you might be pregnant it is best to get tested as soon as possible, then you can deal with things – whatever the result.
Telling others you're pregnant
- It may feel scary to tell anyone, but it’s important to get support.
- Tell someone you trust like your partner, close friend, parents, someone in your whanau, your doctor, a counsellor or public health nurse
- Lots of people find that once parents get over the shock, they are really supportive
- If you want to, arrange support from a family friend or relative to be there when you tell your parents.
- Pick a time that is calm and safe when you tell.
- Give your parents some time to process it.
What are my rights?
- No one should make you feel bad about what has happened or force you to take one option.
- Your doctor, counsellor or nurses should keep this information confidential. If unsure, ask them.
- It is your decision which option you take.
What are my options
- Parenting the child – you can choose to do this with or without your partner or family
- Guardianship – where its decided (usually within the family) who becomes the child’s legal guardian
- Adoption – to find out more, click here
- Abortion – an operation where the pregnancy is ended. This is usually possible within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. To find out more, click here.
Staying healthy during pregnancy
- What you eat that matters and because you’re ‘eating for two. Eat healthily so your baby can be healthy
- For the safety of your baby, avoid processed foods, seafood, store-bought salads, deli foods, alcohol and cigarettes