pregnant woman in college

Finding yourself unexpectedly pregnant in college can be devastating. After all, college is supposed to mark the beginning of your career.

Learning about your rights and how to prioritize your health is critical when navigating a college pregnancy. Here’s everything you need to know. 

Prioritize Your Health

Don’t leave your health to chance during pregnancy. The first thing you should do is confirm your pregnancy test results.

Confirming Pregnancy Test Results

While it might seem redundant, confirming your pregnancy test results with a second pregnancy test is actually a very important step. Around 10-20% of pregnancies will end in natural miscarriage, so you’ll want to be sure you’re still pregnant before moving forward with any plans.

Understanding Accommodations

Did you know college women have certain accommodations and rights during pregnancy?

Title IX outlines the ways in which colleges and universities cannot discriminate against pregnant women. Meaning, you can still continue all your courses and be given excused absences when you have prenatal appointments. You can even request things such as a larger desk and excused frequent trips to the restroom during classes. 

Finding Local Resources

If you or a friend are struggling with an unplanned pregnancy at college, finding a local center that provides pregnancy support is a great place to start. 

Birthright of Atlanta helps women understand their options for an unplanned pregnancy and also provides assistance in the form of pregnancy testing, resources, material aid, and mentorship. 

Complete this form to make an appointment, or simply call 770-451-2273 at your convenience.

You do not have to face an unplanned pregnancy alone. We are here for the journey ahead.