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Pregnancy

If you think you might be pregnant the first step is to find out for sure - you can take a pregnancy test at the BU Student Medical Centre sexual health clinic (Tuesdays 10.15am-2.30pm) 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.

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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

There are various on-campus services that can provide support. You should go to whoever you feel most comfortable talking to. The ChaplaincyStudent WellbeingSUBU Advice, your Programme Administrator and the Student Medical Centre are the main places you can go to for help and advice.

Outside agencies that can help you

There are a number of external agencies that offer support if you get pregnant. These include:

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 Administrator, Unit 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.