Teenage Pregnancy Research Paper

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ganZila Arias
19 May 2011
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Adolescent Pregnancy, also known as Teenage Pregnancy, is the period where teenage girls are at a stage where their mind is a bit undeveloped and carry around a fetus in their uterus. Did you know that the U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized world? It’s strictly because when you’re in your teenage years, it’s the time to have fun, you’re worry-free, and your living life to the fullest. However, several teenagers that are sexually active don’t comprehend the consequences of not using protection/contraceptives. When you have a newborn within your teenage years, it blocks you from finishing high school, college, having a profession in life, and
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1999). These fantasies that teen mothers have on pending motherhood are known to be full of anxiety, fear, confusion, and depression/resentment. Many teen girls who resent having a baby often get involved in situations involving drugs and alcohols. It is obvious that this is a very big concern for the infant because smoking while being pregnant can not only give the baby physical birth defects, but psychological as well. Infants born to mothers who are involved with drugs most likely be diagnosed with learning disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, behavioral problems, and relatively low IQ’s (Woolston, 2011) Just like there are psychological consequences, there are also physical consequences in adolescent pregnancy. According to “Accessing the Patterns that Prevent Teenage Pregnancy”, 14.5 % of the infants born to mothers under the age of 15 years and 9.4% of infants born to teens of 15 to 19 years have a low birth weight. Not only do they have a low birth weight, but they are also more likely to be born premature (Moore, 1997). In addition to physical effects of teenage pregnancy, the regular method of physical growth in a girl gets interrupted by the pregnancy, (Trad. 1999), meaning that the pregnancy of the teenage girl interrupts her ordinary growth because of the baby. You also gain a lot of weight depending on your cravings and the infants’ as well, sometimes stretch marks develop, and heartburns may occur. Just like teen mothers are
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