Continuing the pregnancy

If you are pregnant and decide to continue with the pregnancy (whether you are going to keep the baby or have it adopted), there is a network of healthcare professionals to support you. 

Talk to your GP or clinic nurse – they will make sure you receive appropriate antenatal care. Antenatal (before birth) care is the care you receive from healthcare professionals throughout your pregnancy. They monitor your health and that of your baby, give you advice on keeping healthy during pregnancy and help you prepare for the birth (sometimes referred to as ‘delivery’). Find out all about NHS antenatal care here.

In some areas of the country, you may be able to get extra support from the Family Nurse Partnership. Find out more here.

If you are still at school or college, you are expected to stay in full-time education until the end of year 11. The law states that your school should not exclude you if you are pregnant, and it shouldn’t treat you any differently. It should also allow you up to 18 weeks off school before and after the birth.

If you are 16–18 you must either still stay in full-time education, start an apprenticeship or work or volunteer for 20 hours while in part-time education or training. You should not be treated differently if you are pregnant or a mother but you are entitled to take time off. Your rights are protected under the Equality Act 2010.

Find out about more your social, healthcare and benefit rights here.