You’ve taken the pregnancy test and the result isn’t what you’d hoped for. In an instant, everything has changed and you might not know the next steps to take.
As you work your way through the shock, you’ll find out that you have some time to ask questions, to get answers, and to sort through what it all means to you as you make some important decisions.
Can you go to high school while pregnant? Can you go to college while pregnant? The short answer is yes. The long answer is still yes, but it gives you information that can help you juggle both your future and academics successfully.
Help for High School Students
On the academic front, New York City’s Department of Education offers services for student parents while enrolled in high school. You have the right to stay at your current school, or you can choose to move your education to a LYFE center. Guidance counselors at your school will help guide you and connect you with the support services you need.
If you decide your current school is not the right place for you, the NYC Dept. of Education’s Referral Centers for High School Alternatives can help. They are located in every borough and are staffed with guidance counselors, social workers, and academic intervention specialists who are ready to help you.
Another alternative is the LYFE Program. The LYFE Program offers some great services to student parents, including free early childhood education, referrals to free or low-cost childcare, and a support network designed to keep you on track with school.
All of these alternatives are set up to run seamlessly, offering you everything you need to find success as you move on to college or a career.
Tips for College Students
Becoming unexpectedly pregnant while in college may not be any easier on the emotional front, but the different way classes are scheduled in college can make staying in school easier.
You’ll need to think about whether you want to attend classes every day, three days per week, or only two days. Another practical consideration may be to schedule time between classes rather than load them back-to-back, giving yourself time to rest and grab a bite to eat.
Also give thought to which classes you register for, and their location on or off campus. Will science classes include experiments with components that smell and could make you nauseous? Will the location of the class require a long or tedious walk that later in your pregnancy would be uncomfortable? Do you have the option of taking online classes?
Need Someone to Talk to?
Regardless of your age, if you are unexpectedly pregnant and wondering if you can still be a student while pregnant, be assured you can. You will need to make sure you have a healthy support system in place. Friends, family, doctors, and staff at your school are all part of a good support system. Sometimes, though, it can help to have someone in your corner that you know has only your best interest in mind.
At Avail NYC, we can help you prepare. If you need personal support, our compassionate advocates are here to help you in a safe, peaceful environment.
Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider.