Teen Pregnancy

Dear Sara,
I am fifteen years old and have just found out that I am pregnant. I only had sex once and I didn’t think that I could get pregnant after one time. I have told my Mom and she and my Dad think I should give the baby up for adoption. Mom has a job and she said she is absolutely not going to raise my child. I think I could go stay with my grandma. She loves me a lot and would probably help me but she’s not so young any more. I feel really alone in this and the boy I was with said the baby isn’t his. I know I can’t do this by myself but what can I do?

Dear Hilary,
This pregnancy is not going to be easy for you. No matter what you end up doing either way you are going to have a difficult time. If you give your baby up for adoption you will probably always yearn for it and wonder about it. Being a full time Mom at your age is going to be a lot harder than you think it is even if you had your parents support. You are going to miss out on all the carefree activities your friends will enjoy.
If somehow or other you get to keep your baby there will be times when you have to choose between what you want and what is good for your child. You will have to grow up really fast to take on this responsibility. Is there anyone that you trust that you could talk to who can help you through this? Maybe your grandma can give you some advice. I hope everything works out for the best.

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