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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

Getting tested:

  • 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
  • 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