Getting pregnant as a teenager in Nigeria can be a very sticky situation to be in because the Nigerian society is very judgy and unforgiving. It’s going to be tough but understand that with will power and right decisions you might be back on track again.
If you ever find yourself pregnant as a teenager in Nigeria you might be very confused as to what to do. Well this article is for you to make the choice that you won’t regret. Don’t worry I will keep it simple, interesting and I am not judging you. Heck mistakes happen.
Surviving teenage pregnancy in Nigeria can be very hard but with these steps you will be able to make the right decision for you.
Let’s go straight to the point shall we?
1) Relax and Calm down:
I know that’s the last thing you would want to do especially if you have the average Nigerian parents. The mere thought of what your parents would do to you might leave you feeling anxious,frustrated or scared but you have to relax first. Think positive thoughts. That way you can come up with a good solution.
2) Contact your sex partner:
let the person that impregnated you know what is going on. Let him know you are pregnant. Chances are that he might want you to get an abortion.
Note: Don’t use pills prescribed over the counter to abort the pregnancy.
He might also want you to keep it. What matters most is what you want.
3) If you haven’t gotten a Medical test done, get one:
It’s important to know how far gone you are. You need to know how many months pregnant you are in order to make a good decision that you won’t regret.
4) Tell a sibling that you trust or someone very close:
You don’t want to carry the burden alone. Don’t tell just any friend or roommate. You need to be sure that the person will not judge you or tell more people than necessary.
5) Tell your parents:
This is the scariest part. It is really hard to do. Nigerian parents can be very hard to converse with when it comes to issues like this. Explain to your parents. Chances are that they will understand and if they don’t there are still solutions.
6) You have got to do it fast:
Follow these steps as fast as possible. It’s better if it all happens before the third month of the pregnancy.
7) You have three options:
You can choose to
A) Keep the pregnancy and take care of it:
Its advisable to do this If your parents or guardians are ready to support you. It’s also advisable if your sex partner is ready to take care of you.
If your parents are not really ready to give you the support you need or if you are not mentally stable enough to raise a child, it’s better to give the baby up for adoption. Also, if you do not want to get an abortion or raise a baby without help or a source of income, you can choose this option
If you are still within your first two months of pregnancy, you can easily get this done. Make sure you get professional help. Do not use pills you get over the counter. Don’t listen to advise from friends with no medical training.
Whatever options you choose make sure that it’s not forced. You can click on the links to find out more on each option.
8) Make sure you use protection or recommended contraceptives from health centers when next you have sex. They say once beaten twice shy.
I hope you find this article interesting and educative. Remember that for every problem there is a solution. Making the right decision is what makes us successful.
Teenage pregnancy is not the end of your success journey. You can survive teenage pregnancy in Nigeria and come out stronger than you were before.
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