Dear Hope: I Just Found Out That I’m Pregnant

By Gwendolyn Young

Dear Hope: 

I just found out that I’m pregnant. I’m so scared to tell my parents, because I know they’ll kick me out of the house and I have nowhere else to go. I’m stuck and I don’t know what to do.  — Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:

This is a very serious subject. I know you’re scared, but you do need to tell your parents. Be honest with them and give them some time–they should come around, eventually.  Do not assume how they will act. They just might surprise you with their response. They may be hurt and disappointed, but they just may be willing to accept it and help you through this. If not, make sure to locate a relative or a family friend with whom you can stay. Also, try finding someone who may be able to talk to your parents and help them to understand.

In case you are put out, you should look into transitional living agencies that work with homeless youth. Don’t be afraid to utilize the resources that your community offers. Please also remember that from this moment on, you are now responsible for another human life.  As you begin your journey into pre-motherhood and eventually motherhood, be conscious of the choices you make, because they now not only affect you, but the life of your unborn child. VFP

This column is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical, legal or financial advice. Questions may be submitted anonymously or via pseudonym to thevillagefreepress@gmail.com, or gyoung@mysoh.org. Gwendolyn Young, M.A., C.P.C., is the Executive Director of Seed of Hope Foundation, a nonprofit girls mentoring organization based in Westchester. 

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