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How to Tell Your Parents Your Pregnant

Finding out your pregnant can be very overwhelming, especially when you are young and are not planning to be pregnant. One of the most challenging aspects for many young women is figuring out how to tell your parents you're pregnant. At Pregnancy Resources of Abilene, we understand the challenge and importance of this moment and are here to support you every step of the way. Here are some practical tips and advice on how to approach this significant conversation with your parents.

1. Prepare Yourself Emotionally

Before you talk to your parents, take some time to process your own emotions. It's natural to feel scared, nervous, or even overwhelmed. Try to identify your feelings and consider writing them down. This can help you express yourself more clearly when the time comes. Remember, it's okay to feel a range of emotions, and it's important to acknowledge them.

2. Choose the Right Time and Place

Timing and setting can greatly influence how your parents react to the news. Choose a quiet, private place where you won't be interrupted. Ensure that your parents are not preoccupied or stressed with other matters. A calm environment will help facilitate a more thoughtful and understanding conversation.

3. Plan What You Want to Say

While it's impossible to predict exactly how the conversation will go, having a plan can help you feel more in control. Think about the key points you want to convey:

  • The facts: Clearly state that you are pregnant.

  • Your feelings: Share your emotions honestly. If you're scared, excited, or uncertain, let them know.

  • Your plans: If you have started thinking about your options and next steps, share these with your parents. Whether you're considering parenting, adoption, or abortion, being open about your thoughts can help guide the conversation.

4. Be Honest and Direct

When the moment comes, try to be as straightforward as possible. Use clear and simple language. You might say something like, "Mom, Dad, I need to talk to you about something important. I just found out that I'm pregnant." Honesty helps build trust and opens the door for supportive dialogue.

5. Prepare for Different Reactions

Understand that your parents may need time to process the news. They might experience shock, disappointment, anger, or even joy. Be prepared for a range of reactions and give them space to express their feelings. If they react strongly, try to remain calm and patient. Remember, their initial reaction does not necessarily reflect their long-term support.

6. Offer Information and Resources

Let your parents know that you've sought information and support. Share resources from our center, such as folders & pamphlets, websites, or contact information for counselors. This shows that you're taking the situation seriously and seeking guidance, which can help reassure them.

7. Seek Support Together

Invite your parents to accompany you to an appointment if you are comfortable with that. Having professionals involved can provide your parents with a sense of security and access to accurate information.

8. Take Care of Yourself

Regardless of the outcome of the conversation, prioritize your well-being. Surround yourself with supportive friends, family members, or mentors. Consider joining a support group or seeking counseling to help you manage your emotions and make informed decisions.

9. Remember, You're Not Alone

Many young women have faced this situation and successfully navigated it with the support of their families and resources like ours. You are not alone, and there are people ready to help you every step of the way.


Telling your parents that you're pregnant is a significant and often challenging step. At Pregnancy Resources, we are dedicated to providing the support and resources you need during this time. By preparing yourself emotionally, choosing the right time and place, and approaching the conversation with honesty and openness, you can create a foundation for understanding and support. Remember, we are here for you, and together, we can face this journey with strength and courage.


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