Revised:Thursday October 09 2014
Important signs to watch for if you are pregnant
- Bad cramps or stomach pains that don't go away.
- Bleeding or a trickle or gush of fluid from your vagina.
- Lower back pain/pressure or change in lower back pain.
- A feeling that the baby is pushing down.
- Contractions or change in the strength or number of them.
- An increase in the amount of vaginal discharge.
- Fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting or a bad headache.
- Blurry vision or spots before your eyes.
- Sudden or severe swelling of your feet, hand or face.
- A significant change in your baby's movements.
Go to a hospital right away and contact your doctor/midwife if you have any of these symptoms.
Adapted with permission from:
Best Start: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre
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Staying in school
Being pregnant or having a baby does not have to stop you from completing your school education. Finishing your education will help you to get a better job and create a better life for you and your baby. Planning for your future can happen now!
The Peel Public School Board provides Teen Education and Motherhood Programs through the Peel Alternative School. The Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board provides Parenting and Catholic Education Programs through the Dufferin Peel Alternative School. These programs help to meet the needs of pregnant teens and teens with babies who are trying to complete their high school education. Talk to your guidance counsellor or vice principle if you are interested in learning more about these programs.
Ontario Works offers the LEAP Program (Learning, Earning and Parenting) for parents 21 years of age or younger who have not graduated from high school and are eligible for Ontario Works assistance. This program provides young parents with the supports needed to complete their high school education and to enhance parenting and employment skills. Financial assistance is available for school-related costs, child care and transportation.
If you are currently in school, speak with your guidance counsellor about the options available to you.