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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.

What are my options?

If you have an unintended pregnancy (you are pregnant when you weren't expecting to be), you can decide to:

  • Continue the pregnancy and parent
  • Continue the pregnancy and adopt, foster, whāngai or find an option appropriate to you and your whānau
  • End the pregnancy by having an abortion.

Things to think about if you have an unintended pregnancy...

I want to continue the pregnancy

I’m not sure what to do

Had a positive pregnancy test and not sure what to do? That’s OK.

  • You may want to talk to someone you trust and who will listen to you, such as your partner, a trusted friend, or whānau member.
  • There is support available to you. If you are looking for a health professional to talk to, you could speak to a doctor or nurse, or a Family Planning doctor or nurse. If you are at school, the school nurse or counsellor can also be a great help.
  • Free counselling is available to pregnant people considering abortion, and can be organised through a local abortion provider.

I don’t want to be pregnant

Remember, if you are considering abortion, you can ask to talk with a counsellor before making a decision.

When do I have to make a decision?

  • First step, confirm you are pregnant. If you haven’t already, confirm that you are pregnant as soon as possible by taking a pregnancy test.
  • Then, act quickly. Whatever you decide, it is important to act quickly if you are pregnant so you can begin maternity care or get an abortion as early as possible.

It’s your decision

Whatever you decide to do, whatever others’ opinions, it’s your decision to make. No one has the right to pressure you into continuing the pregnancy, keeping the baby, giving it up, or having an abortion.

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

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