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The Consequences of teenage pregnancies

Teenage pregnancy , also known as adolescent pregnancy , is pregnancy in a female under the age of 20. [2] Pregnancy can occur with sexual intercourse after the start of ovulation, which can be before the first menstrual period (menarche) but usually occurs after the onset of periods. In well-nourished females, the first period usually takes place around the age of 12 o 13

Pregnant teenagers face many of the same pregnancy related issues as other women. There are additional concerns for those under the age of 15 as they are less likely to be physically developed to sustain a healthy pregnancy or to give birth.For girls aged 15–19, risks are associated more with socioeconomic factors than with the biological effects of age.Risks of low birth weight, premature labor, anemia , and pre-eclampsia are connected to biological age, being observed in teen births even after controlling for other risk factors (such as accessing prenatal care etc.).
Teenage pregnancies are associated with social issues , including lower educational levels and
poverty .

Effects On Teenagers And child

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), “Pregnancies among girls less than 18 years of age have irreparable consequences. It violates the rights of girls, with life-threatening consequences in terms of sexual and reproductive health, and poses high development costs for communities, particularly in perpetuating the cycle of poverty.”Health consequences include not yet being physically ready for pregnancy and childbirth leading to complications and malnutrition as the majority of adolescents tend to come from lower-income households. The risk of maternal death for girls under age 15 in low and middle income countries is higher than for women in their twenties. Teenage pregnancy also affects girls’ education and income potential as many are forced to drop out of school which ultimately threatens future opportunities and economic prospects.

Teenager

Being a young mother in a first world country can affect one’s education . Teen mothers are more likely to drop out of high school. [20] One study in 2001 found that women that gave birth during their teens completed secondary-level schooling 10–12% as often and pursued post-secondary education 14–29% as often as women who waited until age 30. Young motherhood in an
industrialized country can affect employment and
social class . Teenage women who are pregnant or mothers are seven times more likely to commit suicide than other teenagers.
According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, nearly 1 in 4 teen mothers will experience another pregnancy within two years of having their first. Pregnancy and giving birth significantly increases the chance that these mothers will become high school dropouts and as many as half have to go on welfare. Many teen parents do not have the intellectual or emotional maturity that is needed to provide for another life. Often, these pregnancies are hidden for months resulting in a lack of adequate prenatal care and dangerous outcomes for the babies. Factors that determine which mothers are more likely to have a closely spaced repeat birth include marriage and education: the likelihood decreases with the level of education of the young woman – or her parents – and increases if she gets married.

Child

Early motherhood can affect the psychosocial development of the infant. The children of teen mothers are more likely to be born prematurely with a low birth weight, predisposing them to many other lifelong condition Children of teen mothers are at higher risk of intellectual, language, and socio-emotional delays.
Developmental disabilities and behavioral issues are increased in children born to teen mothersOne study suggested that adolescent mothers are less likely to stimulate their infant through
affectionate behaviors such as touch , smiling , and
verbal communication , or to be sensitive and
accepting toward his or her needs. Another found that those who had more social support were less likely to show anger toward their children or to rely upon punishment .
Poor academic performance in the children of teenage mothers has also been noted, with many of the children being held back a grade level, scoring lower on standardized tests, and/or failing to graduate from secondary school.  Daughters born to adolescent parents are more likely to become teen mothers themselves. Sons born to teenage mothers are three times more likely to serve time in prison.

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28 Comments

  1. Reply

    Good post

  2. Reply

    Our girls have to be well tutored on these, nice write-up

  3. Reply

    Nice info for our teenage girls

  4. Reply

    Teenage pregnancy is not entertaining at all

  5. Reply

    Thanks for sharing, very educative

  6. Reply

    interesting

  7. Reply

    Nice information

  8. Reply

    God bless you for the time you brought to share this with us

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    Resourceful information

  10. Reply

    Nice

  11. Reply

    Good info

  12. Reply

    Nice

  13. Reply

    Cool

  14. Reply

    Not very good

  15. Reply

    Thanks for the update

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    Thanks for the update

  17. Reply

    Good update

  18. Reply

    Stop opening up

  19. Reply

    Teenage pregnancy can result to a lot of complications.
    One shouldn’t dare have unprotected sex cause aside the complications, sexually transmitted infections can stern from unprotected sex

  20. Reply

    Avoiding it is just the best thinh

  21. Reply

    Good info

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  23. Reply

    I can never support teenage pregnancy

  24. Reply

    I don’t support teenage pregnancy

  25. Reply

    Nice info

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    Virginal fistula is here right?

  27. Reply

    Knowledge is power

  28. Reply

    Nice
    Thanks for sharing

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