College Pregnancy: What now?

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Getting pregnant while you are pursuing a college degree was probably not part of your plan. Right now you could be feeling a range of emotions, from excitement to dread. Maybe you've always wanted to be a mom, but you probably hoped to start on that journey a bit further down the road of life. Maybe you're thinking this pregnancy means an end to your academic pursuits or even the end of the world as you know it.

Whatever feelings you're experiencing, we're here to tell you that you are not alone. Many women find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy during their college years and are left confused and unsure of what they're supposed to do next.

"I just had a positive test.  What am I supposed to do now?"

When making tough decisions about an unexpected pregnancy, you have three main paths to choose from. You can terminate the pregnancy, give birth and then place your child for adoption, or decide to take on the responsibility of parenting. Each of these choices has its own advantages and challenges. Be sure to carefully weigh each one before deciding which is the best for you.

  • Abortion is often the first option that comes to mind. However, there are serious physical and emotional risks that need to be considered. If you'd like to learn more about abortion procedures and potential risks, schedule an appointment with a member of our team.

  • Adoption allows you to set your child up for success by placing them with a caring family while also allowing you to continue with your academic pursuits and life goals. If you're interested in learning more about adoption, reach out.

  • Parenting is a challenging but rewarding journey. By choosing to raise your child, you are able to form a bond that is unlike any other. Parenting is possible even while continuing your education.

"How do I stay in school during my pregnancy? What if I choose to keep it?"

Many women have acquired their college degrees both while pregnant and while parenting. With proper planning and the right support system, it's more than possible! Many colleges and universities offer resources such as financial aid, childcare, and maternity leave. Additionally, our team at Crossroads Resource Center can provide you with confidential services at no cost to you, resources, and referrals to help you navigate your pregnancy and parenting journey.


No matter what choice you make, know that you don't have to go through it alone. Crossroads Resource Center is here for you during this uncertain time and we are dedicated to providing you with the resources and support you need. Contact us today for more information on how we can help!

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