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Re: School and pregnancy

Re: School and pregnancy

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Posted by LynnB on July 31, 2000 at 10:42:05:

In Reply to: I HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS REAL IMPORTANT ABOUT PREGNANT GIRLS AND SCHOOL>>>>> posted by julie on July 26, 2000 at 11:27:00:

: ABOUT HOW MANY MONTHS DOES IT TAKE UNTILL YOU START SHOWING AND YOUR STOMACH STARTS TO GET BIGGER? I JUST FOUND OUT THAT I AM PREGNANT YESTERDAY AND I HAVE TO TELL MY PARENTS AND I AM 17. I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY... I AM SO SCARED. I HAVE TO FINISH UP MY SENIOR YEAR AND SCHOOL STARTS IN 2 WEEKS. I CAN'T GO TO SCHOOL PREGNANT. IS IT POSSIBLE TO GO TO SCHOOL THE FIRST TERM AND SECOND TERM GO TO A SCHOOL FOR PREGNANT GIRLS. I WOULD BE APPROXIMATLEY 6 MONTHS AFTER 1ST TERM... WOULD I BE SHOWING THAT MUCH FOR ANYBODY TO NOTICE THAT IM PREGNANT AT SCHOOL? CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME PLEASE.... WHEN YOU TAKE A PREGNANCY TEST AND IT IS 97% ACCURATE AND IT IS + CAN IT BE AN ERROR? WHAT TYPE OF HORMONE DOES IT PICK UP. MY HORMON ARE OFF WACK AND I HAVE MESSED UP MENSTRAL CYCLES AND I WAS JUST WOUNDERING IF THE READING GOT MESSED UP. COULD THAT HAPPEN ALSO? PLEASE HEP ME AGAIN THANX
: JULIE

Hi Julie:

The pregnancy tests (urine) pick up Hcg, which is only produced when a woman is pregnant. So,
if the test said positive then you probably are pregnant. Those hormones aren't around if you're not
pregnant no matter if you have irregular periods or not.

So, let's say that you're pregnant. Don't worry, you WILL finish school!! (That is if you want to) There
are high schools for pregnant girls. That's the best option because you'll meet other young women
in your situation and get a lot of support. You shouldn't feel alone at a time like this!! They can also
teach you a lot about caring for a baby etc. If there's not a school like this around where you live
you could also finish high school on a home study plan and take the exit exams to get your diploma.

Speaking of alone...I can't imagine what you're going through about telling your parents. That was
one of my worst nightmares in high school!! But keeping the secret from them and feeling unsupported
is even worse. The guilt may build the longer you don't tell them. They may be angry and disappointed
at first...but they'll get over it. And then they can start giving you the support you need:)

Good luck--LynnB


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