Teen Pregnancy

How will it effect your life?

Did you know that nearly 3 in 10 teen girls in the US will get pregnant at least once before age 20? That's more than 700,000 teen pregnancies each year.


So what does this mean for you? You hear about teen pregnancy in movies, in the news, at school, on MTV, and from your parents. You know it's not a good idea to have a baby before you're ready, so why are so many teens still getting pregnant every year? And what can you do about it?

Having a baby at any age can be a challenge, but it's even more difficult for a teen. In 2013, over 273,000 babies were born to teen girls between the ages 15-19. Having a child as a teen negatively affects the parents, the children, and society. Girls who have a baby in her teen years are:


  • Less likely to finish high school
  • More likely to rely on public assistance
  • More likely to be poor as adults
  • More likely to have children who have poorer education, behavioral, and health outcomes over the course of their lives than kids born to older parents.

Teen Pregnancy Risks

Having a child while you're a teen can cause many different risks that can cause harm to you and your child. Some of these may include:

  • Preeclampsia: the development of swelling, high blood pressure and protein in your urine during pregnancy.
  • Low Birth Weight: can lead to many medical problems, including undeveloped organs leading to lung, vision, and intestinal issues
  • Premature Labor: labor that starts before your 37th week of pregnancy

Prevention: DOUBLE PROTECTION

If you are sexually active you need to protect yourself and you partner from not only pregnancy, but HIV and other STDs. If your partner is using another form of birth control agree to use a condom every time you have sex to reduce the risk to both of you for HIV and STDs. Birth control such as the pill, patch, ring, implant, shot, ot IUD provides highly effective pregnancy prevention, but it does not prevent you from HIV or other STDs. Condoms can reduce the risk to both of you for most STDs, including HIV, aw well as the risk of pregnancy.
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5 Fun Facts

  1. 3 in 10 teen American girls will get pregnant at least once before age 20. That’s nearly 750,000 teen pregnancies every year.
  2. More than 50% of teen mother never graduate from high school.
  3. About 25% of teen moms have a 2nd child within 24 months of their first baby.
  4. Less than 2% of teen moms earn a college degree by the age 30.
  5. The United States had one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the industrialized world.
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http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/adolescent-health-topics/reproductive-health/teen-pregnancy/

Gives information on how teens lives are affected by having a child at such a young age.


http://www.intelihealth.com/print-article/pregnancy-risks-for-teens

information about health risks during teen pregnancy


http://stayteen.org/teen-pregnancy

statistics and where you hear about teen pregnancy


http://www.cdc.gov/teenpregnancy/teens/index.htm

tells about protection and how to increase the effectiveness