Maleea took a year off after high school to work and save money to pay for college. She has the tuition money sitting in her bank account and plans to start classes next semester.
Lauren is about to enter her senior year of high school. She’ll be the 1st in her family to graduate. Everyone is so proud of her!
Veronica has one semester left in her master’s program. After 7 years of college, she only needs to complete 2 classes and then a fantastic job awaits her.
3 young women. 3 different backgrounds. 3 different phases in their education. 1 common issue: they are each pregnant. Is it possible to attend high school or college and be pregnant? YES!
If you find yourself in a similar situation, you are strong enough to continue your education. You will certainly face emotional and physical challenges different from your non-pregnant friends. Whether your decision is to parent or to make an adoption plan, resources are available to help you navigate the locker- lined hallways of high school or the demands of college life.
For high schoolers, consider reaching out to your Guidance Counselor or Family Advocate. These individuals want you to succeed in life. They know the best resources regarding pregnancy (parenting classes, adoption agencies,doctors,etc). These guidance people have the inside scoop on communicating with teachers, virtual learning options, extended leave from school and everything in between.
Colleges and universities often have the same virtual and extended leave learning options as above. Talk to your advisor. Their job is to help you be successful. Colleges also have flexibility in scheduling classes. If you feel sick in the morning, try to grab the afternoon classes for the semester. If you are extremely tired then try to schedule your classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays so you can have the in between days to take a breather.
Will people stare at your belly-bump sometimes? Probably. Will there be people that make snarky comments to your face or on social media about your pregnancy? Probably. You can counter these unkind responses by surrounding yourself with friends, mentors, and advisors that love you enough to support your decision to be educated and pregnant. Hold your head high as you walk across the stage to receive your diploma. You got this!