Teenage Pregnancy

Muhammad Abdul and Jourdan Staton

Facts about teen pregnancy

  • · In 2012 there were a total of 305,388 babies was born to women aged an average of 15 to 19.
  • · 3 in every 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before 20.
  • · Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates among girls.
  • · Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age.
  • · Pregnant teens and their unborn babies have unique medical risks.
  • · Very few teens who become mothers plan on doing so.
  • · Teen mothers account for 11% of all birth in the US.
  • · Out of all teen pregnancies, 57% end in birth
  • · Teens who become pregnant are less likely to attend college.
  • · Us teen pregnancy rates are higher than those of other developed countries.

Medical risks of teen pregnancy

  • Teens are at a higher risk for developing medical complications during pregnancy than pregnant females older than 20.
  • Infants born to teens are also at a higher medical risk for low birth weight, prematurity and abnormal fetal growth.
  • The Mayo clinic indicates that pregnant teens are at higher risk due to lack of knowledge about the kind of prenatal care.
  • High protein in the urine related to poor diet is common complications in first pregnancies.
  • Pre- eclampsia may result in early delivery of the baby due to risk of harm or potential death to the mother or baby.
  • 9% of teen girls have low- birth weight babies (under 5.5 pounds)
  • Low birth weight babies may have organs that are not fully developed. This can lead to lung problems such as respiratory distress syndrome, or bleeding in the brain.