Pregnancy has been known to be thing of joy because it’s a process whereby a mother is ready for procreation and a child is about to be ushered into the world. When the word “Teen” is added to the word “Pregnancy” it’s really not a happy moment especially for the parents of the teen and the teen herself.
Teen pregnancy is associated with teens getting pregnant, a teenager is one that isn’t an adult but being prepared to become one from childhood, usually within the age range of 11 to 19. You can see why it’s really not a thing of joy to celebrate such a thing as “Teen Pregnancy”
This is the 21st century where every teen believes he or she is a big boy or girl and are actually very smart but some tend not to use their smartness to excel in life, rather they want to be adventurous and try new things, and these can be seen as bad influences on teenagers: Alcohol, drugs, peer groups, internet e.t.c.
The consumption of alcohol and drugs creates a feeling whereby the consumer believes everyone “feels good” and excess consumption makes it impossible for the consumer to be in control of his/her body in such situation sex can occur and it would lead to pregnancy.
Peer groups influence the teen positively and negatively, but when the negative influence weighs more than the positive, the members of the groups would want to try so many things in other to prove they are big boys and girls and do what adults tend to do, including sex. Now internet serves as a guide to these teens, because whatever information their parents or friends haven’t shared with their various consequences, they’d tend to use the Internet as a means of gaining information and the Internet cannot be blamed because it’s for everyone to share any information that’s available.
Sex is an act between two mature individuals, mature in the sense that they are adults not “teenagers” and are aware of the consequences of their act and can take preliminary actions to avoid mistakes.
Sexual activities between teenagers and/ or an adult and a teenager are very wrong morally and biologically. This is so because the female partners are not prepared well enough for the new stage of life that will come afterward.
When a female teenager becomes pregnant, extra measures are taken to make sure that she and her baby are okay because obviously her body is very delicate and not mature for the physiological changes of pregnancy.
The Effects of Teen Pregnancy Varies and Are Uncountable but some will be stated:
According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it has taken note to the fact that babies born to teens may have weaker intellectual development and lower skill set scores at kindergarten.
Medically, teens do not seek adequate medical care during the pregnancy and Complications tend to occur during a teen pregnancy such as, anemia, toxemia, high blood pressure, placenta previa and premature birth of the baby. It is very necessary for a pregnant teen to undergo frequent medical checkups for the safety of herself and her child.
Also after childbirth some teens experiences Vesicovaginal Fistula, VVF, which involves uncontrollable leakage of urine from the bladder to the vagina, which is as a result of obstructed labour which is a common phenomenon in teens in labour.
Also in Some cases, the teen may fall into a depressing mood while trying to handle the emotions a pregnancy state creates and all of the possibly negative feedback about the pregnancy from friends and family. Being depressed isn’t a healthy situation for the expectant mother and child.
Being a teen and pregnant doesn’t mean that’s the end of the road as most of the teens are told, it also means you can have a second chance at life since what has been done can’t be re-done. Never consider ABORTION as the only way out of the situation, consult medical practitioners who are trained to provide adolescent and youth friendly medical services. Their professional counsels may be very substantial. It’s also very rewarding for such teens to communicate with their parents.
Before engaging in sex, consult the advice of an adult or a counsellor and it’s advisable one waits till he or she is an adult before engaging in sex. If you’re being forced, report the individual to the necessary authorities so he or she can be reprimanded. Most teen parents don’t usually end up as families’ later in life because they feel is a hold down to their future. They most times travel different paths once the girl is delivered of her baby, having the feeling that they are now out of the woods, erroneously though.
In order to avoid been pregnant at a teen age, ABSTINENCE is the best option.
– by Collette Otsu | @SimiOtsu_