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SO CONFUSED


I was 16 when I found out I was pregnant, I was so shocked, a mixture of feelings, me and my mum have only just got as close so I felt as if I could tell her and she'd support me. I knew she wanted me to get an abortion but made sure I knew it was my decision. I knew what she wanted so I didnít want to disappoint her. Iím still stuck, I can see my little boy/ girls face and imagine my life with the baby my own little creation holding the baby and giving her all my love, but then Iím thinking of my life and how much itís going to change. Iím So scared! And confused. Some days Iím determined that I want to keep the baby then others I feel maybe itís better to get an abortion, the thought of this little fetus growing inside of my everyday gettin stonger and bigger, every thing i eat were sharing seems unfair to just 'get rid of it' . I really donít know what to do. :(

Alisha






teen mom

I was 15 when i found ot i was pregnant, my parents were furiouse i thought i had my boyfriends help and it wasnt how i thought my daughter has epilepsy i am still in highschool trying to graduate and go to college for a better life for my daughter hopefully she wont ask about her dad he doesnt care about her, its hrd but ill do anything for my daughter

ana






True Love

I was 16 when I found out I was pregnant. It was confusing because I still had my period but months later I didn't get it, and I began to gain weight. Telling my Mum and Dad was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I was so scared that they'd kick me out and that i'd have nothing. They were angry at first - and they pushed abortion worried that i'd ruin my life. But I knew in my heart that I had to keep my baby. I got pregnant to my boyfriend of 2 years, and I was very scared to tell him. it got even wrose because the week after I found out he dumped me and I felt like I had know one. I confronted him and told him I was pregnant and at first he was stunned. But then he broke down and said he was really scared. I was scared too - but we stuck together, as friends. But it slowly turned into something more again as the pregnancy went onwards. I had a scare in my second trimester when I slipped and fell, there was blood and I thought I was having a misacrraige. But the doctors assured me all was okay and I had no more complications even when my beautiful baby boy Jayden was born. I thought I was in love with my boyfriend, but I relaise you never love until you have a child of your own. My son is now 4 and has just started pre-school. I am finsihing my HSC at TAFE and starting to work towards a career as a laywer. I'm lucky to have parents that support and a boyfriend too. Thanks for reading.
Good luck with your own preganancy!! <3

Jessica






Adoption?

IM just telling u guys about my experience on adoption. When I was pregnant, I decided to put my baby up for adoption. When she was born, I only had a few hours with her, it just about killed me. I went home crying. I felt depressed after that. I totally regretted my decision of putting her up for adoption, it hurts so much, I just want to hold her again. Theres not a day that goes by without me thinking about her. I just want to hold her in my arms again. If I could go back, I would definately keep her, all the challenges can be overcomed as long as we have each other.

Danielle






its not that bad

I got pregnant when I was 17, my mom was very supportive but my dad wanted abortion. My boyfriend and I wanted to keep the baby and decided to move in together if my parents did not agree to me keeping the baby. But it all goes down to my decision no matter what other people may think. So in the end, I kept the baby and my parents supported my decision but they wanted the father to not be in the picture at all. Despite their wish, me and my boyfriend are still together and he's involved with our daughter's life.

I had a wondeful pregnancy. I was very healthy, both physically and emotionally. I get sad at times but not because of me being pregnant but I was worried that my boyfriend wouldn't get to see his baby. I went to school pregnant but it wasnt too bad. No one made fun of me or anything like that. Everyone was excited to see the baby including teachers. It was so weird because I felt oddly strong like nuthin can break me during my pregnancy that I didn't even feel ashamed that i was pregnant or guilty or anything like that. I was just happy. People treated me normally, nothing out of the ordinary. The birth of my baby was incredibly fast, jus 6 hrs of labor and out she came! When she was born, that was the most happiest day of my life. I have no regrets & cant ask for anything more. She is my world, my everything. Because of her, I have changed for the better.

To all the teen moms out there, my advice to u is if ur having any regrets or feeling sad about the situation, don't. I'm not telling u wat to do, im just offering advice. You did a good thing in keeping ur child..u gave them life. Having a child is the best thing that can ever happen to u. Just look at other people who can't have a child, they would do just about anything to have one and you're the one who has a child but not exactly feeling grateful about it. Just stay strong & determined. It's not easy, there are challenges but in the end itll all be worth it. Just think when ur child becomes a teenager, u'll still be young. You' get to love them much longer! Have goals and work through it. Goals are important. U can do anything u set ur mind to. Don't let anyone discourage u coz they dont know a thing about ur life, only u know urself. The most important thing is don't stop going to school! education is so important. With education, ull have more opprtunities and have a great chance of giving ur child a bright future. If u have a supportive family, the more u should go to school.
I am now currently in college, going into psychology, by the end of this summer I will be graduating with an associate degree and taking a yr off to work and save money. Then I'm gonna transfer to a university and finish off with a BA.
Just remember to stay strong, have goals and work through them. Don't listen to negative things people say, they will not benefit u at all, they will just bring u down and u dont need that. THink about the positive things about having a child early coz believe me there's lots. Prove those people wrong who says those negative things. ALl i can tell u is a child is a blessing. There is a reason for everything & there's a purpose in that u just gotta find it out.

ALexa







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