Talking about an unintended pregnancy can be difficult, and you’re likely feeling very nervous about sharing the news with your parents. Perhaps you know which decision they’d want you to make, or you don’t have a strong relationship. 

This isn’t easy, and it’s okay if you’re feeling some hesitation. After confirming your pregnancy with medical-grade pregnancy testing, you can plan how and when to have this conversation. 

How You Can Prepare

It’s best to think about your relationship with your parents before sharing the news. Are you very close, or has there been friction? Is there a history of abuse in your family?

If your parents are abusive, know that it is your right not to share the news. And you can’t be forced to make a specific pregnancy decision if they learn you’re pregnant.

You deserve protection and must keep yourself safe. The National Domestic Violence Hotline has free, confidential resources and 24/7 support. 

If you have a good relationship with your parents, choose a time when they can be attentive to your needs and aren’t distracted by work or other obligations.

Speaking with your parents can be challenging–they may be angry, disappointed, or even scared. Though these reactions may feel frustrating, remember that they’re likely concerned about your future and which choice you’ll make. 

You can share a possible pregnancy decision with them if you feel comfortable. This may reassure them that you’re doing your research. 

Your parents may want to play a major role in the decision-making process. Remind them that this is your decision, but you can offer ways they could support you during this time. Having a support system that listens and offers practical help can go a long way. 

How We Can Support You

EPIC Center provides no-cost and confidential services, including limited ultrasounds performed by a qualified ultrasound technician and offered after a positive pregnancy test. 

This service tells you your pregnancy’s gestational age (how far along you are), location, and viability (whether the pregnancy is progressing and has a detectable heartbeat). 

Following an ultrasound, we can also provide options information, peer counseling, and more. You’ll receive the information you need to make a decision–without judgment or pressure. All our services are offered in a compassionate, safe environment. 

Contact us today to make an appointment. Remember: we are here for you.