If you think you might be pregnant the first step is to find out for sure - you can take a pregnancy test at your GP surgery or you can buy a home pregnancy test at most pharmacies. You can do most pregnancy tests anytime from the date your last period was due.
What to do if you're pregnant
Remember that you are not alone. Don't worry, you have plenty of options and we're here to support you in your decisions. Before you rush to make a decision, seek advice about the options open to you.
Help available through BU
Outside agencies that can help you
There are a number of external agencies that offer support if you get pregnant. These include:
- Pregnancy Crisis Centre
- Family Planning Association
- Your GP
- NHS Choices
- National Union of Students
- Which? Birth Choice
In the meantime, try not to worry, doing some of the following may help:
- Visit your GP
- Try and eat healthily, for more information on this visit the NHS website
- Try to avoid alcohol, tobacco and drugs
- Keep up your normal daily physical activity or exercise
- Set yourself goals that are achievable
- Be positive.
N.B. The National Union of Students (NUS) interviewed 2167 students in higher and further education with children, and found that 29 per cent became pregnant during their studies (NUS 2009).
You can always speak to your academic advisers
Pregnancy may impact on your academic work and, depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to a mitigation or extension. Talk to your Programme Support Officer, Programme Leader or Tutor to find out more about Mitigating Circumstances.
There is also more online help and support available on the A-Z Resources page.
Based on resources:
NHS Choices, 2013. Your pregnancy and baby guide [online] London:National Health Service.[Accessed 2 February 2014].
National Union of Students, 2009. Meet the Parents. The experience of students with children in further and higher education [online]. London: National Union of Students.