Teenage Pregnancy

You're supposed to be changing the world... not diapers !


Most teenage girls don't plan to get pregnant, but many do. Teen pregnancies carry extra health risks to both the mother and the baby. Often, teens don't get prenatal care soon enough, which can lead to problems later on. They have a higher risk for pregnancy-related high blood pressure and its complications. Risks for the baby include premature birth and a low birth weight.

The Signs of Teenage Pregnancy

Missing one or more menstrual periods is the classic sign of pregnancy. But this can be tricky for teenage girls, whose periods aren't yet regular. It can also be tricky for girls whose cycles are off as a result of excessive dieting or exercise, low body fat from sports, or anorexia.

Pregnancy Signs:

  • · A missed menstrual period
  • · Nausea or vomiting -- called "morning sickness," though it can happen throughout the day
  • · Sudden, intense aversion to certain foods, especially meats or fatty, fried foods
  • · Sore nipples or breasts
  • · Unusual fatigue
  • · Frequent urination
  • Unusual mood swings