The Negative Effects of Teen Pregnancy

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There are different effects on teenage mothers than there is on teenage fathers. Mothers lose more friends and are looked at way differently; fathers keep most of their friends without too many people having an opinion about him. After the mother has her baby, she can’t go back to school, so she has to be put on homebound. The father can go to school, can play sports, and can have fun with his friends. Both the mother and the father have responsibility, but the mother has to do more, like work to make money for the child, take care of the child, and still go to school. The father still has to do the same, just not as much work. The mother will always be in the child’s life, but most teenage fathers will not be in there child’s life. Teen…show more content…
Teen girls may not be prepared for the physical toll that pregnancy causes on one’s body. As the baby develops and the uterus expands, a girl’s hormones will begin to change and display havoc with their moods, which could be very difficult for a young woman already in emotional turmoil. She will also need to change her lifestyle to get more sleep and may not be able to practice in sports or other extracurricular activities because of her changing body. She might need to change her diet to include the nutrients and vitamins she was not getting previously (Shoop 1). Teenage mothers are more likely to have a low-birth weight baby. The baby may be premature, which may involve other health risks and complications. As the infant grows, he or she may be fussy or extremely active. Teenage mothers don’t always have the resources and supports needed for baby-sitters or doctor bills. Teenagers also aren’t emotionally mature enough to successfully manage the stress of parenting. They do not have many life experiences to fall back on when trying to teach their own children. People expect teen moms to do it all, yet often aren’t able or willing to help out or offer a hand (Erchuel 1) Because many teen moms do not complete their high school education, the jobs they qualify for likely pay minimum wage. In many cases these moms are financially independent, and minimum
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