Facing an unexpected pregnancy while in college can present a complex set of challenges. Concerns about pursuing your education, the response from family and friends, and identifying sources of support might seem daunting.

It’s important to remember that discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions is not lawful. Your educational aspirations can still be achieved, as you are entitled to rights and support for pregnant students.

Keep reading for more on how to navigate college with a pregnancy.

Build A Support Network

Consider the support network around you. 

Initially, informing your partner can be a significant step. They might initially react with shock or be overwhelmed, so allowing them space to process the news is essential. While the decision about the pregnancy is ultimately yours, your partner might offer more support than anticipated. Engaging in open discussions to gauge their willingness to be involved and exploring options to collaborate can be beneficial if you both feel comfortable.

Breaking the news to family and friends is another hurdle, often fraught with emotional challenges. It is crucial to choose an appropriate moment when they can fully listen and support you. Parents, in particular, may experience disappointment stemming from concern or fear for your future. 

Friends, too, can be a source of guidance, but it’s important to remember that you should dictate when and what type of advice is helpful, ensuring it’s given only upon your request. This period in your life might be challenging, but leaning on and communicating with your support network can provide a foundation of understanding and assistance as you navigate your choices.

It’s important to approach these conversations with an understanding of their perspectives while also setting boundaries around the advice you wish to receive.

Finding Outside Support

Even if you don’t have anyone currently in your life you can reach out to for support, we’re always here for you at A Hope Center. Whether you need access to no-cost pregnancy services, information, resources, or just someone to talk to, we can help.

Contact us today for a confidential appointment in a safe environment.