19 and Pregnant

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Teen Pregnancy

On December 26, 2001 my whole life changed with the realization of my being pregnant. I was a normal everyday teen going to college and trying to work a full-time job. Suddenly I was told that I was going to be a parent, too. I thought my whole life was over. Everyone kept telling me that, and I eventually started to believe it.

However, after my sixth week of pregnancy, I came to understand that I can do whatever I set my mind to. I know that I'm young and I have a lot to learn, but I can do it if I try hard enough.

My whole life I have been told that I would never make it, but I think I have come very far. I graduated from high school with a 3.9 GPA, and I have finished a semester of college with a 3.3 GPA. I was the first in my family to go to college, too.

I am writing this story for all those teen mom's out there that can't talk to their parents, or anyone older than them. I know how you are feeling, because it seems like no one believes in me anymore. However, I will prove them wrong after August 30, 2002 when my baby is born. I am going to be the BEST mother, student, and hardest worker I can be.

A baby isn't a curse, it's a blessing that changes your life for the best, not the worst. A baby doesn't make you want to give up, it only makes you stronger, and it gives you one more purpose to strive for success.

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I am 19 and pregnant. I think she chose the right option to keep her child. I went through some tough times with my family but i know i can do it.
thanx.. i really need to hear that, im 19 and in the same situation as you.
thank you for writing this. i'm 19 and just found out i was pregnant, ironically on december 26th! i'm worried about finishing college but i know that it's not the end of the world and eventually i will finish it.
I'm 19 and pregnant, my boyfriend is 24, I don't currently have a job but I'm looking, my boyfriend will have just started his final year at university when the baby is born and won't be able to support us all. We don't think we will be able afford to give the baby a very good upbringing. He has been very supportive and is willing to give up university and find a full time job but I've told him I don't want him to quit! I really want this baby and I think that we will be very good parents but all we have to offer it is love. I'm stuck and don't know what to do!
I'm 19 almost 20. I think i'm pregnant. :/ I took a test last month it came back negative so it makes this really confusing. I got my last period on the 4th of july and finished it on the 9th. I have been having really really bad headaches almost everyday. The last few days though they have eased and i've been having this weird pain like i'm getting my period. It will last for about 10/20 minutes than will go away. My nipples are so sore it hurts to wear my bra. My belly has extreme bloating aswell. I'm really not sure how this whole situation works. I feel strange have regular stomach pains and feel like i need to go to the toilet but nothing happens. I'm only young have never exsperienced anything like this before. I have a great partner whom i know will support me through anything but i don't want to say anything yet because im not sure what it is.. What are the chances i'm pregnant.? when will i be able to get tested.? I know this sound silly but i just need to know what i should do.
WOW never thought how much, positive feedback i would get back from googling '19 and pregnant' I am also 19 and expecting, i just turned 5 months. i feel kind of defeated because i had to give up a semester in college because of all the doctors appts, plus it interferes with work hours. but i know i will be right back on track as soon as i am not pregnant. My boyfriend is such a wonderful support, and even though it doesn't seem at first 'LIFE GOES ON' and it only gets better.
thank you!! i feel so happy now that i know that there are others in the same situation as me and i know for sure that having my baby boy will change my life but for the best :D xxx