Dear Aunty Lisa,

I’m pregnant, and I’m 15 years old! What should I do? I’m still a teenager and pregnant but my boyfriend and I are in real bad terms! We barely speak and things just aren’t the same anymore!

My parents and I do not get along well at all. I know if I tell them that I’m pregnant they’re going to kill me. They’d lock me up and not let me see my baby’s dad anymore!

I want to move out because living here already gives me enough stress, and adding to the fact that I’m now pregnant! I CAN POSSIBLY HAVE A MISCARRIAGE BECAUSE OF BEING OVER STRESSED.

The sad part is, as I said before, i’m only 15 and how can I move out without my parents being able to call the cops on me and send me to jail?

I really need this information despretly! I feel like it’s the right thing for me to do.., and how do I tell them that I’m exactly pregnant?

Thanx to everyone who won’t judge me.. I did use protection, so I was not being stupid at all. I was not expecting this. I’m really considering abortion but I’m scared that 33{863ae21f3883e951777bdbc8607717246c41fed58c5a71d477243a35f9718ce7} of the times, a pregnant woman dies during abortion, so there are chances that I may die if I go this route.

COMMUNITY RESPONSES

From Buhle:
How about stop watching MTV and thinking getting knocked up as a young teen is cool?

Look you have more to worry about than seeing your ‘babys daddy’. You have a baby that you now have full responsibility for. Just tell them, you actually don’t know how they’ll handle it until you do. Your parents are the ones you need to talk to, not us, not your ‘boyfriend’, your parents. Just tell them, you’re pregnant.

It’s not a sad thing that you’re 15, it’s a stupid thing that you ended up getting pregnant. It’s called protection, or wait. I’m not going to feel sorry for you because of your age. If you are old enough to have sex, you’re old enough to know how to use protection and now old enough to face responsibility for the baby.

From Mary:
You need to tell your parents. Their the only ones who can help you and will support you. I got pregnant at 17 and it was hard for me because I have really strict parents and they hated my boyfriend. Of course they will be upset, but theres nothing you can do to change the situation. I’m 21 now and still live with my parents and my daughter, still working towards my degree so I can move out one day and provide a wonderful life for my kid. You just have to grow up now, tell them, an know that everythings going to be ok. Finish highschool, because its the best thing that you’ll have when looking for a good job. Don’t move out. You’re too young and inexperienced and it will only get you into more trouble. Good luck, and remember, they WILL support you no matter how much you think they wont.

From Nikki:
It is a very tough decision, the toughest you will make your entire life! There are other options besides abortion. Please consider them and first step would to tell your parents so they can help. You can’t go through this alone! Since you are only a 15 minor child your parents have to know…..the sooner you tell your parents the better

From Big Bro:
At the age of 15 you were already dishing out unprotected sex. Ah, you love things too much baby girl. We always tell you not to delve into adults’ stuff, now see your belly is balooming! You obviously thought about the way forward in the event that you end up getting pregnant. So make a plan and don’t bother us!

From Dr Sue:
Do it fast, wither speak to your boyfriend, or if you are not comfortable telling your parents, consult some senior at college whom you know wont giude you wrong or some elder person qhom you convide it. IF ABORTION DELAYS IT LEAVES EFFECTS LIKE BAD FACIAL SKIN, ACNE, INCREASE IN BODY WEIGHT. ETC. SO DO IT FAST!! EVERY SECOND IS IMPORTANT AT THIS TIME, YOUR WOMB CLOCK IS TICKING.

From Bev:
Sweetheart don’t be bothered. I too got pregnant when I was 15 years old. Just tell your parents and it’s their responsibility and legal obligation to look after you as long as you are below the age of 18. Even if you get pregnant before getting 18 it’s still their legal obligation to look after you. They know it, and above all they really love you, which is why they were strict on you. Start by telling your mom that you are pregnant, she will find a way of telling your dad. You will be shocked at how they will love your baby when you give birth, trust me. I went through this and I’m telling you from experience. Once you tell them you will have peace of mind and having sex with your bpoyfriend will be more exciting because you will now be having unprotected sex without any fear! Sex during pregnancy is the best I tell you.

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