Teenage Pregnancy: Other Risks

Teenage pregnancy to a great extend affects and limits young mother’s future prospects as to her personal development, professional career and other potential achievements. Statistic shows that only about 30% of teenagers, who became parents before the age of 18, have a high school diploma, and only 1.5% of them have a degree of college level.

In addition, there is a great deal of risks for the babies of teenage mothers. Primarily, such risks are connected with underdevelopment and weakness of the babies. The majority of pregnant teenage girls continue smoking, drinking alcohol and even using drugs. This certainly affects their future babies’ health conditions and can result in such problems, as deafness, blindness, mental disabilities, cerebral palsy, respiratory problems and many other hard diseases.

Besides, children of teenage mothers frequently receive insufficient health care. Money shortages do not allow teenage mothers to provide their children with necessary health care, and also young mothers sometimes can not cover the expenses for other necessities of their babies, like quality food, clothes, toys, etc. Moreover, teenage mothers (and fathers) are too young to master skills of proper parenting and to satisfy the demands of their rising children. That is why often their performance as parents is really poor.

In addition, there are a number of the risks, which are connected with conflicts and misunderstandings in families, possible violence, neglect and child abuse, tendency to teenage pregnancy in family history, poor performance in school and in private life, emotional problems, stresses, depressions, and many other difficulties.

Finally, teenage pregnancy initiates negative social tendencies in our country. It costs billions of dollars for our government to support teenage mothers and young families with children, as well as to prevent teenage pregnancy among American youth and adolescents. Unfortunately, the rate of teen pregnancy in the United States remains the highest among the corresponding rates in world’s most developed countries.

A possible reason of this is lack of proper health and sex education in our schools and colleges. Specialists underline that teenage girls do not tend to get pregnant when they are free to talk about the problems of sexual relationships with their parents, teachers, etc. That is why it is extremely important to launch proper educative programs for the teenagers on the problems of sexuality and sexual relationships. It will definitely help to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy and assist teenagers in making their important choices and vital decisions.

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