Teen Pregnancy

Pregnant? Time to make some important choices

Even with a steadily declining teenage birth rate, two in five young women in the U.S. will
become pregnant before they turn 20. If you are one of them, the news that you are pregnant will
probably come as a shock, forcing you to make some big, life-changing decisions.

Will you carry your baby to term, as 50% of pregnant teenagers choose to do? Will you keep the
baby or give it up for adoption? Will you terminate the pregnancy? Does your partner or your
parents have a say in your decision?

Whatever option you choose, know that we are here for you

At Westchester Health Pediatrics, we want you to know that we care about you and the choices you make,
as well as about your health. With no judgments, we’ll help you evaluate the pros and cons of each option.
And no matter what course of action you decide to take, we’re here for you with information, advice and medical treatment.

First, make sure you’re pregnant

Usually, the way to tell if you’re pregnant is by missing a period and/or getting a positive result
on a home pregnancy test. Although a home test is generally accurate, it isn’t as reliable as the
laboratory blood test that doctors can perform. Even if you’re sure you’re pregnant, we urge you
to come in and see us to confirm it. Then together, we can talk about where to go from there.

If you decide to carry your baby to term, it’s very important to get prenatal
care, for you and your baby

Many teenage girls keep their pregnancy a secret as long as possible. Others deny that they’re
pregnant, or hope that it will “go away” on its own. As a result, they often don’t receive thorough
prenatal care during the crucial early months of their baby’s development, which can lead to
problems later on.

If you’re pregnant, it’s very important that you come in for an overall health assessment, prenatal
tests, nutritional guidance and many other pregnancy-related services.

Most of all, we want to help you through this very emotional and most likely stressful time in
any way we can.