Being a lone parent

If you’re on your own, the whole business of pregnancy can seem daunting. You may feel lonely, especially if it seems as though everyone else has a partner. Being a single parent can be hard, but remember that 1 in 4 families are single-parent families, so there are plenty of other mums and dads going through similar emotions.

Ask for support and help

You may be worried about going through the birth on your own and how you’ll cope when the baby is born and is growing up. If you’re lucky, you might have family nearby or friends. They’ll probably be happy to help out if you let them know what you need. That may be anything from a shoulder to cry on (everyone gets weepy during pregnancy) to going along to antenatal classes with you.

You may also want to think about who you’d like with you at the birth. Your mum? Your best pal? Both?

It may help to talk to someone whose circumstances are similar to yours.  Your midwife may be able to put you in touch with someone.
One Parent Families Scotland is an organisation which provides a range of fact sheets designed to support lone parents. You can call the helpline on 0808 801 0323 or visit One Parent Families website

Last Updated: 06 September 2017
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