About teenage pregnancy, the emotional and physical changes it brings, and how to help prevent it.
It seems like nowadays we are always hearing about teenage pregnancy, and to be honest, when you think about it, it’s quite disturbing.
I know if I were a parent, I wouldn’t want my child coming home pregnant.
Anyways, I decided to do some investigating to figure out some of the causes and effects of teenage pregnancy.
There are many different situations why a teenage girl could get pregnant. Sometimes they’re in a relationship, sometimes their hormones act up when they meet someone, or they are raped.
There are many method’s of birth control, but, they are not always guaranteed to work.
Here are some method’s of birth control;
- Birth Control Pill or Patch
- Intrauterine Devices (IUD)
- Depo – Provera Injection
- Cervical Caps
Trying to decide whether or not to keep the baby, how to cope with motherhood, or to give the baby up for adoption are only some of the effects that the effects that the teenage girl must endure.
The teenage girl also has to go through physical changes with her body and emotions and changes in her activities.
Here are some of the activities a teenager will have to change:
- Drinking Alcohol (providing they drink)
- Smoking Cigarrettes or Marijuana (providing they smoke or use)
- Getting more sleep
- Unhealthy eating habits
- Changes in clothing (as their baby starts to grow)
- Being able to play in sports safely
The teenage girl should consult a Physician about what is acceptible to participate in and what is not.
There are many emotional effects on a teenage girl as she goes through pregnancy. Some of them being:
- Fear of unknown
- Resentment towards the baby
We should be encouraging our Children to “hold off” on having sex and keep them informed on how to prevent
Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
There are many outlets to help our teens avoid getting sexually active. Some of them being:
- Helping them do better in school
- Keeping them busy in non acedemic activities; like sports, dancing, etc…
- Encouraging them to plan out their futures
- Youth Activities
It is also very important to talk to our children about sex, while many parents feel uncomfortable doing this themselves,
it would be highly beneficial to at least have them take a sex education class or have a trusted friend, family member, or their physician talk to them. If we do not inform our children, somebody will. They will either learn it from friends, media, internet, radio, or by some stranger.
Let’s face it, do we really want our children learning about sex from these sources?
Sources: Option Line and The Family Connection Of St. Joseph County, Inc.