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If you’re expecting a baby and are still at school, you’re no doubt feeling all kinds of different emotions. You may be feeling excited and happy, worried or scared or a mix of all of these. But there are lots of people who can support you. You absolutely don’t have to go through this on your own.

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Where can I get support if I’m pregnant and still at school?

If you find out you’re pregnant the thought of telling anyone may seem scary. But it’s really important to talk to someone you trust who can support you, whether that’s a family member, a teacher at school or your doctor. Here are just some people who can provide you with support:

  • Your parents, carers or another supportive family member
  • Your school, such as your class teacher, guidance teacher or school nurse
  • A family nurse (these are specially trained nurses who work with first time young mothers)
  • Other relevant professionals or trusted adults (like a GP, midwife or social worker).

Your school should not share any information about your pregnancy with anyone else if you don’t want them to. The only time information may be shared is if there is a serious risk of harm to you or your unborn baby.

If you don’t feel you can talk to anyone you know right now, you could try calling a helpline like Childline or The Mix. Talking confidentially to someone you don’t know can help you take the next step of talking to someone at home or school.

The Childline and Brook websites have helpful advice on what to do if you think you might be pregnant or are pregnant 

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Can I stay in school if I'm pregnant or going to be a parent?

Yes! If you’re pregnant or are going to become a parent your school will help support you to continue your education if that’s what you want to do. Everyone has the right to an education and it’s against the law to exclude or treat you unfairly because of your pregnancy or maternity. You can find out more about how your school or college can support you on the website.

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Tips for partners

If your partner is pregnant, this can be an exciting and overwhelming time for both of you. We’ve got some tips to help you make the most of this time and get the support you need here.

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Can I get any help with money?

Having a baby can be expensive – but there is help out there to support you. You can find out about all the help that’s available on the Child Poverty Action Group website.

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