How Do I Tell My Parents I’m Pregnant?

Finding out you’re unexpectedly pregnant can feel overwhelming—like your world has been turned upside down. And the idea of telling your parents this news is likely only adding to your stress.

However, there are strategies you can take to make telling your parents the news easier. Read on to learn more. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person in a safe, caring space, contact ALC Pregnancy Resource Center today.

All appointments and resources are free and confidential. Plus, we have two locations for your convenience: 711 Henry Clay Street, Shelbyville, KY; (502) 647-0300 368 N. Buckman Street, Shepherdsville, KY; (502) 212-2535.

Research Your Options First

Before you tell anyone the news—including your parents—it’s essential to learn all you can about your pregnancy options, which include parenting, adoption, and abortion.

By understanding your options, you will go into the conversation feeling empowered to stand firm against anyone who tries to talk you into one option over the other. Plus, you will be able to articulate what you’re considering and why.

When thinking through your options, it’s important to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which option am I leaning toward most and why?
  • Do I feel pressured into one option over another? If circumstances weren’t a factor, which option would I want?
  • What are my biggest questions/concerns with each option?
  • What might my life look like if I were to choose abortion? Parenting? Adoption?

Think About What You Want to Say and How You Might Respond

Considering what you want to say is an important part of preparing for the conversation with your parents. For example, do you want to get right to the point? Share context? Tell them which pregnancy choice you’re leaning toward and why?

It’s also essential to think about how you might respond if your parents don’t react the way you hope. For example, if your parents express disappointment, anger, or confusion, how will that make you feel? And how will you respond to them?

Choose the Time and Place

Where do you feel most comfortable? At home or in public? At a park or cafe? In your room or at the kitchen table? Choosing the place where you feel most comfortable will help you gain an element of control over the situation and also provide more peace during the big moment.

Furthermore, you’ll want to choose a time when your parents are free. For example, when are they least busy with work or preoccupied with other stresses? By choosing the time when your parents are free, you will enable them to give you their full attention.

We’re Here for You

Talking to someone who understands can help you prepare to tell your parents. At ALC Pregnancy Resource Center, we’re here for you.

We provide a safe, nurturing space where you can ask questions, share your feelings, and learn more about your options. Plus, all appointments and services are free and confidential.

Contact us today. You’re not alone in this. We’re here to support you every step of the way.