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If you find you are pregnant and not sure what to do make sure you get help - you are not alone. However, the sooner you do something the better.

If you decide to become a parent then you need to take steps to ensure the health of you and your baby, if you decide to have an abortion then the sooner this happens the safer the procedure.

If you are gonig ahead with the pregnancy you should contact a midwife as soon as possible. You'll find more information on the Ready Steady Baby website. If you decide not to continue with the pregnancy you should see your GP or sexual health clinic as soon as possible.

If you are unsure what to do, you might benefit from seeing a counsellor. A counsellor will listen to you and help you explore your feelings. They will not judge you or tell you what to do. The counsellor can help you reach a decision that's best for you.

If you decide to have an abortion, a counsellor can help you cope with any negative thoughts or feelings before or afterwards.

It might also be helpful to talk to some one close to you, a friend or family member you can trust. This is a potentially life-changing moment and you might find it hard to think straight. Whilst it’s important to act quickly, you also may need time to think it through carefully. It’s important to remember it’s your decision, but you don’t have to make it alone.

See our section on getting help for more information on where to access help.

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