Pregnant at university
Some students getting pregnant and playing a part in the creation of miraculous life as a wonderful, life-transforming event.
For most people of student age, however, it's the worst, most nightmarish thing that could possible happen.
If you think you might be pregnant, then you should first seek to know for sure with a home test kit and then a visit to your GP.
It's best to do this as soon as you suspect something might be afoot, because the earlier you find out, the more options you have.
If you or your partner are pregnant and unsure what to do, or want to be advised on going one way or the other with it, you should consult your GP, the Family Planning Centre or the SRC's Welfare and Advice Centre.
If you have had sex without using any contraception or the contraceptive you use has failed, you could be pregnant. If this happened within 5 days you may be able to avoid pregnancy with emergency contraception.
Alternately you may be planning a pregnancy. Either way the following information is aimed to help you.
How do I know if I am pregnant?:
- Your period is late
- Your breasts are swollen
- You feel sick in the morning when you get up
- You may have gained weight
- Home pregnancy tests can be bought at any pharmacy shop
- Visit your local Family Planning Clinic
What do I do if I am pregnant?
- More information about pregnancy and child birth from the National Childbirth trust.
- Your GP can refer you for maternity care which is usually shared with the hospital if that is what you wish. If your pregnancy was unplanned you may wish to seek advice on what you should do.
- Staff at the Student Health service aim to offer non-judgmental advice about the choices you have if you are pregnant.
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