Pregnancy Advice For Teenagers

Submitted by Jenifer on January 16, 2012

These days it is imperative for parents to impart pregnancy advice to their teenagers. In fact, pregnancy advice and safe sex should be dealt with even before a child becomes a teenager. A teenage girl can become pregnant due to a number of reasons. These include casual dating, long term relationships, or even rape. Teenage pregnancy occurs due to voluntary or involuntary sexual encounters. As the number of teen pregnancies rise, it is important for parents to tell their children about the effects of early sexual activities. There are higher risks and complications for both the mother and the baby during a teenage pregnancy.

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These are an increased risk of miscarriage, birth defects, a premature birth, low birth weight babies and so on. Nowadays, there are several organizations and websites that offer help and advice to pregnant teenagers. Dealing with an unplanned pregnancy is particularly stressful for a teenager and these support organizations can help teens in dealing with this unexpected pregnancy.


Talking to a sexual health counselor will help too.

If you are a teenager and find yourself pregnant, the first decision you will have to take is whether you wish to keep the baby or not. Ask yourself if you will be able to support your self and your child, are you willing to put off school to raise your child and just how much support you will get from family and friends to do this. You also have the option of giving up the child for adoption. This can be either an open adoption or a closed one. An open adoption is when you can choose the parents. A closed adoption is when everything is kept private. Abortion is another choice you could make. Regardless of what your final decision is, you should not rush yourself into making a choice you will regret later. Nonetheless, the sooner you make your decision, the sooner you can start taking dealing with the pregnancy. For instance, if you decide to keep the baby, you can start looking at prenatal care. Experts now feel that there is a wide range of services to support a pregnant teenager, both during and after the pregnancy. Contact your local authority for housing support if you are unable to continue to live with your family. Health advice for teens include receiving proper prenatal care while pregnant is important as inadequate prenatal care can lead to complications. Consult your doctor for a proper diet during pregnancy as well.

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