By: Adeday Samuel
Teen Pregnancy in the US
In 2012, about 305,388 babies were born to teenagers between the ages of 15-19. In 2011, it was 6% higher, and in 2010, it was even higher. Many teens are sexually active and do not take precautions to prevent teen pregnancy.
- Paying for a child can cost up to thousands of dollars a year
- Having a child at a young age can affect your eductaion and future
- You cannot achieve your life goals with a child on your side
- You may dissapoint your parents and others around you
- Most of the time, the father does not stay with a teen mom
Teens and their babies have unique medical risks. Many teens that do not have support do not get adequate prenatal care. Pregnant teens have a higher risk for high blood pressure which can cause organ damge. A teenage gitl can deliver a premature baby or a low birth weight baby because they do not get enough time in the womb to grow. It is not uncommon for many teens to suffer from postpartum depression which may interfere with the care of the baby.
Preventing Teen Pregnancy & Staying Safe
- Have good knowledge of STDs like HIV
- Have personal values about sex and abstinence
- If you are sexually active, be cautious and use birth control
- Avoid situations that may lead to sex
- Communicate with your parents, doctor, or other adults to stay safe