unexpectedly pregnant in high school

Finding out you’re pregnant while still in high school can turn your world upside down. You’re likely feeling afraid, uncertain, and full of questions. We get it. And we’re here for you. 

The most important thing to know right now is that you have options. The choice about how to move forward is yours alone—but we’re here to support you along the way with free resources and services. 

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment, or read on to learn more about steps you can take if you’re pregnant and in high school.

You Have Federally Protected Rights as a Student

Being pregnant while still in high school can be difficult. But it’s essential to know that you have federally protected rights as a student that are there to ensure you have what you need to succeed. 

According to Title IX, a Federal civil rights law that protects students from discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy or parental status), you are entitled to the following: 

  • Continued access to classes and extracurricular activities 
  • Excused absences for pregnancy and birth and access to the same academic standing as before you left
  • The option of home-bound instruction or tutoring
  • Access to reasonable accommodations, like elevator access, larger desks, more bathroom breaks, etc.

To ensure that your rights as a student are protected, speak to your school counselor as soon as possible about your pregnancy and what you need to succeed. 

You Aren’t Alone in This

Facing an unplanned pregnancy in high school can feel isolating. You may feel like you’re sitting on the sidelines while the world is passing you by. 

Or maybe your parents or partner don’t support your pregnancy choice, and you’re feeling like the world is against you as a result. 

No matter how you’re feeling, it’s understandable. But you’re not alone in this.

 Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment and learn about all the ways we’re here to help.


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