LIFE INTERRUPTED – True Cost of Teen Pregnancy!

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Pregnancy is one of the pivotal moments of a woman’s life but not when you’re 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 Women’s 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 are present.

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 of pregnancy.

Pregnancy to 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 care.

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.

MY EXPERIENCE – By AidensMommy09 (Age: 16yrs)

I found out that I was pregnant October 31, 2009. I was so scared I cried an cried. I had gotten up an hour before everyone else so that nobody would know that I was taking a pregnancy test. The first 2 people I told were my boyfriend and my best friend. I acted normal when my mom and sister got up and I got ready for school. All day at school i was dreading how I was going to tell my mom. I stayed after school for the football game. I finally got home around midnight. My mom was asleep so I wrote her a note telling her I was pregnant. I told her it was important and I walked to my room and just waited for her. About a week or so later I broke up with my boyfriend because I found out that he was cheating on me and on alot of drugs. I ended up having to have an induction because my body didnt want to go into labor naturally. So on Tuesday July 14, 2009 I went to labor and delivery around 9 in the morning they started my IV and the pitocin to speed up my labor they broke my water and gave me an epidural and I finally had my baby boy after 16 hours of labor on tuesday July 14, 2009 at 11:42 p.m. I am so glad that I kept my baby I couldnt imagine life without him he is the best thing that has ever happened to me he is now 4 months old and his biological father will never see him unless he takes me to court. If u get pregnant as a teen you should either keep them or give them up for adoption. Abortion is wrong and its murder and u will probably regret it for the rest of ur life.

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