Are you feeling overwhelmed with the thought of being faced with pregnancy while you’re still a teenager?
While teen pregnancy may bring a bit of a challenge to your situation, do not lose hope; there are also many helpful community resources to provide support along the way!
Wondering where to get advice, information and help?
Let’s dive into our list of useful websites for pregnant teens…
1. It’s Dress Up Time
Steal great deals on baby clothes on FlipSize.ca.
An online retailer for gently used baby clothes, FlipSize is the expecting mama on a budget’s dream!
Build your baby’s wardrobe with adorable outfits, many of which you can snag at prices around $5-10 on many items.
The best part? Free shipping on any order over $100!
2. Car Seats 101
Buckle up, baby!
The Government of Alberta has created a super helpful training video series that teaches expecting parents all about how to safely secure their little one in their car seat.
Feel confident knowing your sweet baby is safe and secure with Alberta’s Child Safety Seat Training Program!
3. All About Medicine, Mama
If you are taking any prescription drugs, DrugWatch 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 and that’s why it’s important to stop taking any potentially threatening medications immediately once you’re 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.
4. How Ya Feelin’?
Pregnancy is unquestionably an exciting, scary, adventure-filled time in any girl or woman’s life and as such, there’s no doubt you’ll be chock full of emotions. Lots of ’em.
Stitching together a baby is no simple task and through this amazing process, the body requires many different hormones.
Because of this, it is actually quite common to be overcome by intense emotions, including at times, depressing ones.
The Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness website is a great resource with stories and useful information to help guide you with any emotional health issues that may come up during your pregnancy.
5. Well, That Helps
The Focus on the Family website is a great way to gather advice and tips on a variety of topics that affect families.
The posts on this website address family issues at many different stages and unwaveringly speak hope and healing into any situation you may be dealing with.
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.
6. Lean On Me, When You’re Not Strong
At the Pregnancy Care Centre, our team of compassionate peer counsellors dedicate their time to providing support to girls and women facing unplanned pregnancy – and our website is no different!
Sometimes, this support can come in the form of a 1-on-1 counselling session, where you can book an appointment to talk about how you are feeling about your unplanned pregnancy, what your options are and which types of programs and resources we can connect you with.
Besides booking an appointment, you can also read our blog that provides tons of helpful information about pregnancy!
7. There is Hope
If you or a pregnant teen that you are close to chooses abortion, the Abortion Recovery website may prove to be beneficial in 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.