Our expert says:
Sadly, yes, the stresses of dealing with pregnancy and a newborn are magnified when the events are unplanned, and the couple really don't know each other. This reall does illustrate why wise folks so strongly advise that having sex, especially unprotected sex, so early on, before you know your partner and before you are prepared to spend years together, is never ever a good idea.
Why not see a couples counsellor together ? Not as a form of glue to force you to stay together, but to enable you both to understand the situation better and to more wisely decide and plan for a future that will be best for you all.
At such a young age, a break-up is not likely to be damaging to a child, especially if the parents do it in a friendly and caring manner, and maintain contact with her. Less damaging than having unhappy and ultimately squabbling, embittered parents.
As Maria points out, kids, even before they can express it in words, sense when there are tensions and misery within a relationship.
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