Health and Wellbeing

Pregnancy

 

PLEASE NOTE - If you have had unprotected sex within the last 120 hours (5 days) and you want to avoid pregnancy then you can access emergency contraception

 

Becoming pregnant at university can bring challenges, whether it is planned or unplanned. The information below gives you advice on what to do and who to contact if you are planning a pregnancy, think you might be pregnant, or are facing an unplanned pregnancy. You can also find information about pregnancy and your studies.  

 

Planning a  pregnancy

If you are hoping to become pregnant and would like some support then you can book sessions at the Fertility Awareness Clinic by contacting Brighton and Hove SHAC services.

You can find more information about planning a pregnancy on the Family Planning Association's website.

 

Think you might be pregnant?

 If you think that you might be pregnant then the first thing to do is follow these steps:

  1. Take a pregnancy test – pregnancy tests are available to buy on campus in the Campus Pharmacy next to the Health Centre, or more cheaply at the Students' Union shop.  Free pregnancy tests are available from the Student Life Centre in Bramber House, and from the X-Card drop-in
  2. If the test gives a positive results then you should get the result confirmed by a professional. You can go to Brighton and Hove SHAC services to have it confirmed; they offer free pregnancy testing and advice

If you are pregnant and would like more information and advice then look at these resources:

 

Unplanned Pregnancy

If you're not sure what you want to do about your pregnancy then you don’t need to make this decision alone. The following things might help you to make a decision:

Remember that no one has the right to tell you what to do about this – the decision is yours

Here are some more sources of support and information which might be useful:

 

Pregnancy and your studies

Whether or not you decide to continue with your pregnancy, your situation may affect your studies and you may need advice on mitigating evidence. A Student Life Advisor can talk you through this procedure.

There is a whole range of support that the University is able to offer to pregnant students including allowing you to take time out from your course, considering any health and safety risks posed by your course and finding alternative arrangements for your assessments.

It is advisable to inform the University of your pregnancy as early as possible so that action can be taken to ensure that you are adequately supported. The University has a comprehensive pregnancy procedure and it would be advisable to make an appointment at the Student Life Centre to make sure that you being supported according to this.

You can find more useful information here:

  • The NUS webpage for Student Parents has lots of information that you might find useful, including advice on funding and financial aid. 
  • There is also a national Student Parents website which provides information for pregnant students and student parents, as well as a forum.
  • The Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre can provide you with support in establishing the financial implications of your pregnancy in terms of your student finance and benefit entitlements.
  • You might also like to have a look at the SU's publication 'Students with Kids' which covers a range of topics which you may find relevant and useful
  • More information on student families can be found in the relationships section