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What are my options if I'm pregnant?

Monday, January 9, 2023

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Finding out you're 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're pregnant when you weren't expecting to be), you can decide to:

  • Continue the pregnancy and be a parent.
  • Continue the pregnancy and choose adoption, fostering, 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're at school, the school nurse or counsellor could 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

WHEN DO I HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION?

  • First, confirm that you're pregnant as soon as possible by taking a pregnancy test.
  • Then, act quickly. Whatever you decide, it's important to act quickly if you're pregnant so you can begin maternity care or get an abortion as early as possible. The sooner the abortion is performed, the less complicated the procedure.

  • Early medical abortion is an option up to nine or 10 weeks of pregnancy, and early surgical abortion up to the first 13 to 15 weeks (depends on the provider).

  • Later medical and surgical abortions after about 14 weeks of pregnancy are possible, but timing and location varies around the country. 

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.

PREVENTING PREGNANCY

If you're having sex (penis in vagina sex), using contraception is the best way to prevent pregnancy.

Some types of contraception also protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). There are many different types of contraception. Some work better than others.

Talk to us about your contraception options, or learn more about contraception here.

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