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TEEN ISSUES AND LIVING
Problems Associated With Teen Pregnancy
by Charlene J. Nuble
Pregnancy is one of the pivotal moments of a woman's life
but not when youre young with a bright future ahead.
Teen pregnancy is one of the most difficult experiences
any young woman can go through. The stress of pregnancy,
revelation of pregnancy to parents, and moving on despite
the shame and worry can be nerve-racking. Indeed pregnancy
especially during teenhood will never be easy.
According to studies, teenage pregnancies in the United
States have decreased steadily over the years. In 1991,
there were 60 out of 1000 young women who gave birth and
in 1998, 51 out of 1000 gave birth. This decrease may
be due to the effective use of birth control and decreased
sexual activity among teens.
Yet teen pregnancy rates remain high. According to Womens
Health Channel, in the United States alone, approximately
1 million teenage girls experience pregnancy every year.
At least 5% of young girls give birth and in 1997, at
least 13% of the births in the US are of teenage girls.
Health risks to the baby and children out of teen pregnancy
are more likely to experience health, social, and emotional
problems. An increased risk for complications such as
premature labor in teen pregnancy and socioeconomic consequences
But there are more serious problems for the teenage mothers-to-be
than the statistics and how the world views them either
negatively or positively. Both the baby and the mother
are at risk in major areas of life such as school failure,
poverty, and physical or mental illness.
Pregnant teenagers may not seek proper medical care that
may lead to a bigger risk of medical complications. In
their pregnancy, they need understanding, medical care,
and education particularly in nutrition and complications
Pregnancy in teenagers brings all sorts of emotions. Some
do not want their babies while others feel that its creation
is an achievement. Some feel guilty and anxious while
others feel that they need to baby to love but not aware
of the special care it would need. Also, depression is
common during pregnancy in teenagers. And when worse comes
to worst, a pregnant teenager may even require the help
of a mental health professional.
Teen pregnancy can be risky to unborn babies. Teen pregnancy
results to underweight babies, poor eating habits of the
teenager, and smoking and drinking tendencies of the pregnant
girl. Lastly, pregnant teens are less likely to seek prenatal
Unwanted pregnancy can be prevented through open communication
and providing guidance regarding sexuality, contraception,
and risks and responsibilities of possible pregnancy.
Sexual education and family life in schools can also prevent
unwanted pregnancies. Finally, support of family and love
will greatly help pregnant teens.
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Charlene J. Nuble 2005. For up to date links and information
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