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If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy and worried about telling your parents, your feelings are understandable. Whether you’re concerned about how your parents will react, what they might think about you, or something else, creating a communication plan can help you feel more confident about telling your parents the news.

Read on to learn more about how to create a communication plan. Or, if you want to speak to someone in person about your pregnancy, contact Alabama Pregnancy Test Center today to be connected with one of our caring team members. All appointments and resources are always free and confidential. 

Practice What You Want to Say

The first step to creating a communication plan for telling your parents is to practice what you want to say. If you go into the conversation knowing what you want to tell them, you’ll feel more confident and less stressed. 

When considering what you want to say to your parents, consider the following:

  • What details do I want to include? For example, will I just tell them I’m pregnant? Or will I also tell them what I want to do with my pregnancy? (Your three options are parenting, adoption, or abortion.)
  • How will I respond if my parents are upset or want me to choose a pregnancy option that I’m not comfortable with?
  • Do I have any immediate plans? For example, will I see a doctor? Get an ultrasound? Etc.

Once you’ve thought through these things, you can begin to outline exactly what you want to say to your parents—and also determine how you will respond if they don’t react the way you’d hoped.

Decide the Day and Location

Deciding the day and location are important parts of your communication plan. When thinking about these factors, consider the following:

  • When is the best time to tell my parents? (For example, are there certain days or times that are less busy? If so, choosing these days or times will enable your parents to give you their undivided attention.)
  • Where do I feel most comfortable telling them? (For example, would you prefer to be in a  public place? A private place? Would you rather be alone or with a friend?)

Choosing the day and location is one way to feel more in control of the conversation.

Next Steps

Telling your parents the news about your unplanned pregnancy is essential—the sooner you tell them, the sooner you will be able to stop worrying about how they will react. 

If you need someone to talk to about your pregnancy, Alabama Pregnancy Test Center is here for you. Our caring team will answer any questions and provide all the information you need to know about your pregnancy options. We also offer free pregnancy resources, like ultrasounds, that can help you feel confident about how to move forward.

Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential appointment.