Let’s tackle teen pregnancy
27 March 2012, 14:56
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Pregnancy is sometime unplanned, especially for younger women. Our bodies are made in such a way that we can get pregnant as a teenager, even when we don’t want to. This is a time in our lives when we may not be emotionally and financially ready to deal with having a child.
Be brave; you have a challenge ahead of you. Having a baby is hard. Some people think that it is easy and some teen wants a baby but they don’t know how hard it is.
To start with, what is teenager pregnancy? Teen pregnancy is a pregnancy that occurs in young females aged between 13 and 19. It is also referred as adolescent pregnancy.
The rate of teen pregnancy is very high in developing countries when compared to developed countries. It is estimated that dating at an age of 12 has ninety-one percent chances of involving in sexually activities prior to age 19. However, dating at age 13 has only fifty percent chances of sexual involvement.
The main cause of teen pregnancy is adolescent sexual behavior. Remember that all teenage pregnancies develop due to sexual activities during adolescent stage, whether intentional or unintentional.
It is found that teen pregnancy is more in high-school-aged virgins who are getting engaged in sexual activities during teenage, thus acquiring STDs.
Getting pregnant in the teenage and deciding what to do about an unplanned teen pregnancy is very difficult. There are several options to make decision about your teen pregnancy. The first option is to continue your pregnancy and have the baby. This can be taken as a choice for your teen pregnancy only when you are able to take care of the child.
The other option is to continue the pregnancy and give up the baby for adoption. Make it as a choice when you are unable to take care of the baby. For this, you need to prepare yourself (physically and emotionally) and also stick on the decision throughout your life.
The next option is to continue the pregnancy and provide foster parents care for the baby for a very short time. This means, your baby is to be cared by another person until you prepare well to raise the baby.
Another option is to give birth to the baby and stay along with your parents. In order to make this choice, you need to inform and convince your parents about your teen pregnancy.
In order to avoid these options, it is always good to prevent teen pregnancy through abstaining from sexual activities or if it is a must, use contraceptives.
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