I think I'm pregnant!
Signs of pregnancy can include:
- missing a period
- sore breasts
- feeling sick
- feeling tired or dizzy.
But everyone is different. Some women who are pregnant notice some or all of these signs; others might not notice any change at all.
If you are worried that you are pregnant, it is important to do something right away.
The first step is to buy a pregnancy-testing kit from the chemist or supermarket. You can also see a doctor or sexual health clinic for a pregnancy test which is normally just a urine test.
If you are pregnant, and didn't plan to be, you may feel frightened, angry, even trapped. It's normal to have mixed feelings about pregnancy, but the sooner you know the sooner you can work out what you need to do.
Some pregnant young women find that their family and friends are the best place to turn when they have a challenge like pregnancy. It's definitely a good idea to also go and see a doctor or counsellor to talk about what to do next.
You have three choices if you are pregnant:
- Choose to have a baby and raise the child.
- Choose to have a baby and place the child for adoption or fostering.
- Choose to have a termination (abortion) and end the pregnancy.
Only you can make that choice, but it’s a big decision to make and talking to a counsellor, doctor and a close relative or friend who can support you will help you to make the best decision.
If you are worried and would like to speak to someone about unplanned pregnancy you can call the Sexual Health Helpline on 9227 6178 or 1800 198 205 for country callers.