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My teen daughter just told me she is pregnant. What do I do?

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Question: My teen daughter just told me she is pregnant. What do I do?
Answer: Finding out your teen daughter is pregnant is a shock - physically and emotionally. You need to take a deep breath before you truly deal with it. You need to be part of the solution to this problem for your teen, so you need to be thinking as clearly as possible. If you reacted initially in a way that you are now ashamed of, fall back and regroup with your teen.

  • Find a local support group and services. You and your daughter are not alone with this problem.

  • Talk to your daughter about her options. Share your feelings, but do not force your choices on her. Allow her to make the choices she needs to make.

  • Get your daughter a doctor's appointment. No matter what choice she is making, she needs to see a doctor.

  • Support your daughter in her decision.

  • Find help with your thoughts and feelings. Speak to a counselor or find a support group for you.

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