I think I’m pregnant, what do I do?
If you think you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test at home, your doctor’s or Family Planning Tasmania. See our pregnancy page for more information.
If you have had unprotected sexual intercourse recently (up to 5 days ago) you may wish to read our information on emergency contraception.
So my test is positive…
If this is an unplanned pregnancy, as difficult as it is, now is the time to find out about all your pregnancy options. It is important you talk to a doctor or an appropriate pregnancy counsellor who can provide you with all the information you need. At Family Planning Tasmania we have very experienced doctors and sexual health nurses who can provide you with all the facts. We have included some brief summaries of all your options below.
You might be feeling overwhelmed by now with all the new information you have heard or read. But the first and most important thing to do is to talk with a doctor or health nurse that can help you plan for your pregnancy. You can either contact Family Planning Tasmania, talk to your regular doctor, or contact one of the other services at the bottom of this page.
Now that you know you are pregnant, looking after yourself and your baby all the way through your pregnancy is really important. This means you may need to stop some behaviours such as smoking or drinking alcohol and introduce other new things into your routine like taking folic acid, iodine or other vitamin and mineral supplements.
Adoption is one option that women can consider when they are pregnant. Adoption means that you legally give the care of your child to another person. Adoption is legal and permanent. If you choose adoption it is not legally possible for you to make a final decision until after the baby is born.
In Tasmania there are two services that deal with adoptions and both services can support you during your pregnancy. You will find links to their websites where you can access lots of information on what is involved and how the process works below.
- Department of Health and Human Services Adoption and Permanency Services.
- Centacare Catholic Private Adoption Agency.
If you decide adoption is the right choice for you, you will still need to look after yourself during the pregnancy and consider such issues as ante natal care (getting regular health care and pregnancy checkups during the pregnancy). If you would like to know more about the legalities of adoption you can download our fact sheet here:
It is legal to have a termination of pregnancy in Tasmania, as outlined in The Reproductive Health (access to Terminations) Act 2013. There are two types of termination available in Tasmania, both only available through specialist providers:
- surgical termination – this is a surgical procedure, completed under anaesthetic.
- medical termination – this involves taking medication. It is only available up to 9 weeks pregnancy (counted from the first day of your last period).
If you decide that you do not want to continue with the pregnancy it is important to access appropriate medical care and support as soon as you are able. Talking about what is happening can help to make sense of things. There are many services that provide support to women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, but you can also talk to your regular doctor.
Be aware, some doctors do not agree with terminations and will not refer you to a termination provider. If this is the case, the doctor must provide you with a list of the health services from which you may seek advice, information or counselling on the full range of pregnancy options.
The counselling you receive should be:
- non-judgmental (no opinions about you, your position or choice)
- allowing you to clarify how you are feeling
- supporting you in the decision you make.
A good counsellor or support worker will also help you to identify and understand your options and who can support you. If this doesn’t happen then you have the right to go and see someone else.
To read more about the laws in Tasmania regarding pregnancy terminations you can download a fact sheet from the Tasmania Government here:
The following services provide advice, information and counselling on the full range of pregnancy options:
Family Planning Tasmania (Burnie, Launceston or Glenorchy) Clinic Locations.
Hobart Women’s Health Centre
Telephone: (03) 6231 3212 or view their website.
Pulse Youth Health South (for women under 25)
Telephone: (03) 6233 8901 or view their website.
The Link Youth Health Service (for women under 26)
Telephone: (03) 6231 2927 or view their website.
Women’s Health Information Line (statewide)
Telephone: 1800 675 028
- 9am-5pm Mon-Fri6273 9117
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