Teen Pregnency: The Troubling Truth

Causes

- Many teen girls think having a baby is like a doll to play dress up with
- May do it to make the partner stay
- To feel like they are grown
- Not choosing abstinence
- Peer pressure
- Lack of knowledge

Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/146681-what-are-the-causes-of-teenage-pregnancy/

Medical Risks

Because a teenage girl is still in need of nutrients for development, this can hinder the babies health. The baby might come out malnourished, underweight, and/or with birth defects. This may strip the baby from the opportunity of living a normal life. This may affect his or her education. It will also impact the teen mother and the care giver who supervises the baby. They will have more responsibility and will have to spend more money to help the child progress. Unfortunately, this can put them in a deeper hole.


Source: http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/teen-pregnancy-medical-risks-and-realities
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Financial Issues

Many pregnant teens do not have enough money to support their baby let alone themselves. Bringing a baby into the world just makes it harder. They usually have to rely on their parents or find a job while still in school. This exhausts both the parents and teen. If eligible, many can get help through will programs. For example, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

Source: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/women-infants-and-children-wic
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Who Does It Affect?

Teenage pregnancy affects everybody around/close to you. The pregnancy can make the teen emotionally, physically, academically and socially unstable. Their friends will feel as if they lost a good friend. The babies father may leave, or may drop out of school to get a job which hurts his education. The parents will be saddened because their child has a child they will most likely look after. Most importantly, the baby may be affected. He or she might not have the chance to grow up in a healthy household with the proper food and care it needs. The child may also be without a good role model. Teen pregnancy creates more responsibility and burden for everyone.

Source: http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/being-pregnant-affect-teen-mother-11210.html
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Prevention

Teenage pregnancy can be avoided 100% through abstinence. This method is safer and more effective than birth control and condoms. Even if you are: in a stable marriage, financially, emotionally and physically ready, bringing a baby into the world is a decision that should be considered seriously.

Source: http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/teen-pregnancy-prevention.aspx
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Consequences

- Being responsible for another human at a young age
- Stress
- Nutritional needs for you and baby--teens still need nutrients to develop
- Considering dropping out of school and getting a job
- The babies father may leave
- Financial issues

Sources: http://www.healthcommunities.com/teen-pregnancy/children/overview-of-teen-pregnancy.shtml