At just 13, carrying a baby to full term could produce more stress on your body's systems (heart, lungs, kidneys etc.) than they can easily cope with. Your baby would also be at much greater medical risk than if you were fully grown before becoming pregnant. You are at an age when you are still growing and developing yourself, and your baby will be competing for the resources that your own body needs. <br><br>You also need to think about the tremendous disruption to your education that you will face if you continue with the pregnancy, especially if you keep the baby rather than having an abortion or giving it up for adoption. <br><br>Finally, it costs money to have a baby, even before it is born. Not only will there be regular visits to the doctor for expensive tests and checks, but giving birth in hospital will likely cost $5000 or more. Do your parents have health insurance that will cover all or some of these costs? <br><br>Personally, if I was in your situation, at this point I would be thinking hard about having an abortion. Ultimately, though, that decision is up to you. My view is that the main person you need to think about in this situation is yourself -- not the developing fetus, not your parents, not the religious tradition you may have been brought up in, but YOU. <br><br>As a 13-year-old, do you want to burden yourself with a child that you have to look after 24 hours a day, risking your health, giving up your education, possibly living in poverty, and all at an age when you have neither the life experience, the financial resources or the knowledge to easily handle being a parent? <br><br>At the very least, you MUST discuss the situation with your mother and/or both your parents NOW. The earlier you take action, the more options you will have: your pregnancy will not go away just because you try to ignore it. <br><br>I would also very strongly recommend that you talk with someone from Planned Parenthood to get professional advice and help. It is up to you whether to include your mother in that discussion, but if you feel able to do so, I think it would be a good idea. The more you two are on the same page as each other about how you are going to handle your pregnancy, the better.