Expecting my First Baby As a Teen Mom

My first pregnancy was a bit of a shock, since I was just 18 years old and just out of high school. I found out that I was pregnant in April of 1996.  I was still living at home with my parents and wasn’t married to my boyfriend.  I knew firsthand that my parents would be very disappointed with me but for the most part my mom was supportive.  It was important that I tell them before they found out on their own, so I told my mom first.  She said she had already suspected something but was glad that I told her the truth.

 

My Parents Supported Me During My Pregnancy

My parents were really good and helped me out while I was pregnant.  They allowed me to live at home until I was near the very end of my pregnancy.  I did marry the babies father but later divorced him.

Early Prenatal Care is Important

I didn’t have insurance for over half of my pregnancy because I couldn’t afford it and no one told me that there was help through social services.  Social services provides help for mother’s who don’t have health insurance so that they can seek routine medical care during pregnancy.  I waited until I had medical coverage to see the doctor on a regular basis.  I finally was able to see a doctor around my 19th or 20th week of pregnancy.

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