Pregnant and Single? Here's Everything You Need to Know

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Maggie Vink on Aug 18, 2011 at 3:34PM

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Pregnant and Single? Here's Everything You Need to Know

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Pregnant and Single

A plus sign on a home pregnancy test is exciting -- but it can also be scary when you’re doing it all on your own. The thing to realize is that you're not really alone! With the support of friends and family and the great advice of women who have done it, you'll have all the tools you need to succeed.

Breaking the News
Whether your pregnancy was a planned and hoped for event or something of a surprise, being single and pregnant doesn’t have the stigma it once did. That said, it's not necessarily the norm, and it still can be a bit daunting to tell family and friends you’re going to have a child on your own.

Issa Mas, the blogger behind Single Mama NYC, admits she was scared to break the news. “My issue was telling people that I had broken up with my son’s dad,” she says. “I was terrified of telling my Dad; it took me a month to do it.”

Mari Gallion, author of The Single Woman’s Guide to a Happy Pregnancy, recommends doing research and having your decisions (like whether or not dad will be involved) finalized first. “Everyone will have an opinion. But if your decisions are already made, you can choose to block out anything that’s negative and take in anything positive.”

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