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What should I do if I am pregnant?

Finding out you are hapū (pregnant) can bring a range of emotions. Confirming the pregnancy is the first step to getting care and advice.


The first step is to take a test to confirm the pregnancy.

To get the most accurate result, we recommend you wait at least a week after you’ve missed your period to take the test. It is best to do the test first thing in the morning, when your urine is most concentrated.

The earlier you confirm the pregnancy, the more time you have to make a decision, and the better you can take care of yourself.

You can get a reliable pregnancy test, advice, and referral for pregnancy care at any of our clinics. You can also get a pregnancy test from your doctor, other sexual health clinics, pharmacies, or supermarkets.


I want to continue the pregnancy

I don't want to be pregnant 

I'm not sure what I want to do


If you want to continue the pregnancy you can make an appointment at Family Planning or with your doctor, to talk about the support that is available. You will also be put in contact with a midwife or lead maternity carer who will look after you during your pregnancy and delivery.  

I don't want to be pregnant

If you don't want to be pregnant: 

  • Make an appointment with us or with your doctor to talk about your options as early as possible in your pregnancy
  • When you are booking an appointment, it is a good idea to mention you are considering an abortion to the person on the phone, so we can book a slightly longer appointment for you
  • It is your decision to request an abortion and it is your decision not to have one. No one has the right to make you consent to an abortion or to stop you from having one
  • You will be given the opportunity to talk with a counsellor before making your decision
  • You can change your mind at any time
  • You can have an Early Medical Abortion (EMA) if you are less than nine weeks pregnant. Surgical abortions are usually done up to 12 weeks and six days into the pregnancy, but can be done later. The doctor/nurse will explain the different abortion methods
  • Abortion services are not available in all New Zealand towns and cities. If you are a New Zealand resident and your local District Health Board (DHB) doesn’t provide an abortion service in your local hospitals, the DHB may pay for your travel


People have lots of different feelings when they find out they are pregnant. Often it helps to talk about it with someone else.

Choose someone you trust and who will listen to you. This could be your partner, a trusted friend, whānau or family member. If you’re living at home it can be very helpful to talk with your parents, family or whānau about it.

You can book an appointment at Family Planning to talk about pregnancy options if you like. Talking to Family Planning staff, a counsellor, or your doctor can be very helpful as they will give you unbiased advice.

The following questions may help you work out what is the best decision at this time in your life.

  • Do you have support from family, whānau and/or a partner?
  • Are you ready to be a parent?
  • Who can you call on to offer you support emotionally and financially?
  • How will this decision affect your plans for study, work or travel?
  • Where do you see yourself in one, two, and five years’ time?


Family Planning has clinics located throughout New Zealand. Use the clinic finder to find your nearest clinic.

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