Coping if You're Alone388
If you’re pregnant and on your own, it’s important to have people you can share your feelings with and who can offer you support. Sorting out problems, whether personal or medical, is often difficult when you're by yourself. It’s better to find someone to talk to rather than let things get you down.It can be encouraging to meet other mums or other single parents who also went through pregnancy on their own.
Find them on Maya voice and share your experience about being a single mum/parents.
Ask someone you trust to support you at the birth
Just because you don’t have a partner doesn't mean you have to go to antenatal visits by yourself and cope with labour on your own. You have the right to take whoever you like: a friend, sister, perhaps your mum. Involve your ‘labour partner’ in antenatal classes if you can, and let him or her know what you want from them. It may help to discuss your birth plan with them, so that they understand your wishes for labour.
You can also ask your doctor if there are antenatal classes in your area that are run especially for single women.
Think about how you'll manage after the birth. Will there be people around to help and support you? If there's no one who can give you support, it might help to discuss your situation with a social worker. Your doctor can refer you. If you’re considering adoption or fostering, you should also discuss this with a social worker.
Money and housing matters If money is an immediate concern, find out more about your pregnancy rights at work and the benefits that you're entitled to claim. There may be a local support group in your area (ask your doctor or health visitor).