The Dangers of Teen Pregnancy
Teen pregnancy is a major issue that has been occurring for a long time and has affected a large number of teenage girls still dealing with school and aren’t ready to take on the responsibility of motherhood.
Teen pregnancy comes with its unique challenges that affect the girl both physically and physiologically.
There are quite a number of reasons as to why teen pregnancy is a risk to young girls including the unborn the child itself and we are going to find out why it’s so.
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What are the risks of teen pregnancy?
When we look at the risks of teen pregnancy, we look at the teenage girl and the baby itself too.
The risks span from health problems to physiological ones and these include;
Failure to gain adequate weight during teen pregnancy leads to low birth weight in the unborn child.
This may lead to under developed organs such as bleeding of brain, intestinal problems and respiratory distress.
Teen Life style
The teen life style is a serious threat to the baby. Teens usually engage in smoking, alcohol and drug abuse all which affect the unborn child’s health.
The child is more likely to face social and emotional problems due to poor nutrition and lack of health care support to the teenage mother.
Teen mothers are prone to having no financial support from either the father or family who may not to be willing to provide care and support to the baby.
Failure to finish studies
One cannot remain in school while pregnant. Most schools would expel or deny entry of pregnant girls due to the stressful conditions that will affect the unborn child and the girl herself.
How can we prevent teen pregnancies?
There are quite a number of ways in which teenagers can prevent teen pregnancies and below are some clear ways to avoid them;
Abstinence from sex
This is the best choice and only way to avoid early pregnancy and also sexually transmitted diseases.
Use of birth control methods
Young girls should be educated about the safest methods of birth control such as contraceptives.
Sex education programs
These should be made mandatory in schools to help young teens understand the risks of early sexual relationships and also encourage the need for abstinence.
Much as this is still an issue, parents should put more effort in monitoring their children and also educative sex programs should be made available at teaching institutions to create more awareness.
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre who is passionate about tech, games, entertainment and lifestyle news. He enjoys writing about anime and many other topics.