This was not your plan. Now you are not sure what to do. Emotions can be high for both you and your girlfriend. Take time to examine your thoughts and feelings. Explore all of your options and do not rush to make a decision.
I feel trapped! Do I have options?
Don’t be pressured into making a quick decision. It is not unusual to feel trapped, want to keep the pregnancy a secret or want it to disappear. Just remember, along with the responsibility you have options! There are positive options surrounding unplanned pregnancies and with a little help you and your girlfriend make a decision that is healthy for her, your unborn child and your relationship. The Pregnancy Options section provides information about some of your choices.
What are my responsibilities as a father?
Your role in this relationship can be hard to understand. Assisting, protecting and supporting your girlfriend are very important at this time. Listening to your girlfriend and discussing your thoughts and feelings will give both of you strength. Because she’s pregnant (and all the hormones involved) her emotions might change rapidly. Remember this doesn’t last forever. If you are concerned about financially supporting another person, know that you are a capable person who can find financial help. Check out the Get Support section, it may give you a positive look at where to find the support you need.