Teenage Pregnancy

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Discussion Question Student’s Name: Institutional Affiliation Course Adolescent pregnancy is considered as a pregnancy in a female who is less than 20 years of age at the end of the pregnancy. It can occur in a fertile female either at puberty before the occurrence of her first menstrual period, or after the first period. The first menstrual period in nourished girls occurs at around 12 or 13 years of age. Pregnant teenagers experience many issues similar to other women. However, there would be other medical issues for mothers under 15 years. Teenage mothers of ages 15 to19 face socioeconomic issues rather than biological issues. Underage pregnancies are associated with high biological risks such as anemia,…show more content…
Teenage pregnancy has many causes, risks, and effects. Researchers have identified quite a number of causes of teenage pregnancies. Some of the causes are engagement in unprotected sexual activity and lack of contraceptive use, which may be as a result of lack of knowledge. Some teenagers indulge in sexual activities under the influence of drugs. Failure to attend school and poor performance is also another cause. Poverty or low income in families leads to early sexual indulgence as a means to raise money. Single parenthood or the lack of parental involvement in a teenager’s upbringing can lead to underage practices in sex (Creatsas & Elsheikh, 2002). Teenage pregnancy is a major issue in healthcare. This is because underage pregnancies have hazardous implications in a teenager’s physical, social, and psychological life. Teenage mothers also have poor antenatal care. Because of this, they end up giving birth to premature babies, low weight, and those that die within their first year. Infant mortality rates are noted as being high for babies who are delivered by teenage mothers. In most cases, children born of teenage pregnancies are usually raised in single parenthood and may be brought up in poverty. The well-being of teenage mothers is also compromised because some of these teenage mothers have low income, low educational achievements, and low occupational

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