Teen pregnancy is difficult to deal with, for everyone involved. There are many resources online that will help make the process a little bit easier, by giving you the information you need to help you understand what is going on with your body and emotions.
If you have recently become pregnant and aren’t sure where to turn, the Pregnancy Care Centre is here to help you find your way. This may be a confusing time, but with all of the resources available to you at the click of a button, you will soon be able to make the correct choice for yourself and move forward on your journey. Please read on to learn about five websites that every pregnant teen should know about.
Pregnancy Care Centre
The Pregnancy Care Centre has our own website, specifically designed to provide support for unplanned pregnancies in Edmonton and surrounding areas. You can use our website as a starting point, as there are links to many resources on the topic of pregnancy that you can access. If you would like to speak to someone about your situation, you can also request a confidential appointment through our website. We have a team of peer counsellors who want to help you explore your options and give you the information that you need.
If you are taking any prescription drugs, Drug Watch is a useful way to find out if they are safe to continue taking during pregnancy. There is a wide array of medications that can seriously harm a fetus, resulting in birth defects or death. It is important to stop taking any potentially threatening medications immediately after becoming pregnant. If you discover one of your prescriptions on the Drug Watch website, tell your doctor as soon as possible. You may have to switch to a different prescription while pregnant, or if possible, you may have to avoid taking that medication until after birth.
Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness
The Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness Ltd. (PMDA) website contains stories, resources and information related to postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders. There are many pregnant women and new mothers who experience mood disorders. PMDA aims to lift the stigma surrounding these disorders and provide the care and resources that these families need to heal. Being a pregnant teen is difficult enough without also dealing with a mood disorder. Discover how to find the support you need during this time.
Focus on the Family
The Focus on the Family website is a great way to gather advice and tips on a variety of topics that affect families. This may prove to be a helpful resource not only for a pregnant teen, but also the family and friends that surround her. There are many stories and articles relating to teen pregnancy, one of which may shed some light on your current situation. You can also read through some of the posts dealing with raising a baby, to gain some valuable information on what it might be like.
If you or a pregnant teen that you are close to chooses abortion, Abortion Recovery may prove to be beneficial to those struggling with the aftermath. Women often go through a grieving process once undergoing an abortion, and the Abortion Recovery Centre has a team of counsellors who are prepared to assist in the healing process. Do not go through it alone if you have been directly affected by abortion. There are people on your side that will help you heal so that you can continue to move forward.