With nearly 230,000 babies being born to teen moms in 2015 alone, the chances of your teen becoming pregnant one day may be higher than you think. Getting the news that your teen is pregnant can be overwhelming, but it’s important to do anything you can to give her the support that she needs.
Your daughter will be going through a lot physically, mentally and emotionally so knowing that she has your support will make the entire process easier for her. The following guide provides some tips you can use to ensure your daughter always knows she has the support she needs during her pregnancy.
Take your Daughter to See a Doctor
Take your daughter to a doctor right away to find out how far along she is and to have the baby checked to make sure that he or she is developing properly. Changes occur during pregnancy week by week and making sure that everything is going well from the start ensures your future grandbaby has the best chances for a healthy delivery.
Be present with your daughter when she goes into the exam room if she feels comfortable with it. This allows you to ask questions that she may not think or know to ask. You need to know how far along she is, if the doctor can tell that there are any complications to worry about, and you need to let the doctor know if there is a history of issues during pregnancy within the family.
Take Your Daughter to a Counselor
Pregnancy can cause a lot of hormonal changes to take place and this can lead some women to become depressed or anxiety stricken. It’s important to take your daughter to a therapist so that she can talk about the way that she is feeling and get any help that she may need.
This can be especially helpful if there anyone at her school is making fun of her or bullying her. Being able to talk to someone outside of her household may be easier than talking to her parents or siblings.
Don’t Push Your Personal Agenda on Her
It’s important to realize that you don’t get the final say in what your daughter chooses for her pregnancy. It’s okay to share with her what your opinion is in regard to whether or not she should raise the baby herself, get an abortion, or put the baby up for adoption. You shouldn’t try to push her to follow what you believe she should do though, because it could cause animosity in the years to come.
Instead, you need to let her know that you support whatever decisions she makes and give her peace of mind that you will be there to help her in every way that you can no matter what decision she chooses.