Can I Be a Student While Pregnant?

Can I Be a Student While Pregnant?

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.

If you’re in high school or college, you might be wondering if you can still be a student 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.

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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.

Is Abortion an Option? What You Need to Know

Is Abortion an Option? What You Need to Know

Many birth control methods bill themselves as “99.9 percent effective,” which can sound like foolproof protection against pregnancy. What these statistics don’t reveal is that their success rate is calculated under ideal circumstances—and that 0.01 percent failure rate means that even with perfect use, one in 100 women using that method will become pregnant every year. If you’re that one woman in 100 (or even 1 in 1,000), these failure and success statistics will quickly grow meaningless upon the reality you’re facing.

Dealing with an unexpected pregnancy can be a scary prospect, especially if you don’t have a strong family network and aren’t sure you can count on your friends for support. Read on for some guidance on what you’ll need to do when facing an unexpected pregnancy in New York City.

Have You Confirmed Your Pregnancy?

Before you begin to panic at the sight of a faint line on a home pregnancy test, you’ll want to confirm your pregnancy with a medical-grade test to ensure you’re not just worrying yourself over nothing. Home pregnancy tests may claim a certain accuracy threshold, but factors like how much water you’ve had to drink, what time you’re taking the test, what stage you are in your menstrual cycle, and what other medications (like antibiotics or supplements) you’re taking can all impact the accuracy of a home pregnancy test.

A medical-grade pregnancy test can confirm the presence of the hormone hCG, giving you the information you need to proceed in the decision-making process.

Is Your Pregnancy Viable?

While confirming your pregnancy is an important first step to take before making any decisions, you’ll next want to confirm viability before going forward. Between 15 and 25 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, which is defined as the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before 20 weeks (or about the five-month mark).

Having a prenatal ultrasound can ensure your pregnancy is viable and “date” the fetus so that you know exactly how far along you are. Having a firm due date can give you more information to make the rest of the decisions you’re facing.

Are You Confident in Your Decision-Making Process?

Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are magnified when the pregnancy is unplanned and you’re unsure of the options you have. If you don’t have a strong network of friends or non-judgmental family members to talk you through your options, it can be tough to make a decision you feel confident about.

If you just need someone to talk to, Avail NYC is here to provide unbiased information so you can make the best decision for YOU. We offer free self-administered pregnancy tests, referral ultrasounds, and many other resources. Ask us about our decision-making process and talk to a client advocate today.

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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.