Causes and Effects of Teenage Pregnancy

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
  • Condoms
  • Intrauterine Devices (IUD)
  • Depo – Provera Injection
  • Diaphragms
  • Spermicides
  • 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:

  • Excitement
  • Confusion
  • Fear of unknown
  • Resentment towards the baby
  • Frustration
  • Shame
  • Embarrassment
  • Guilt

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
  • Church
  • 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.

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  1. I would say, speaking from experience, that the number one reason is bad parenting which leads to the child wanting a family. Growing up, I had two or three girlfriends that tried to do that to me. They wanted to get pregnant. It was all psychological. They felt, that if they could start their own family, everything would be great and life would be complete. As you stated, the guilt, shame, confusion and fear that was based on a broken home. These are the worst, I believe.

  2. I would say many a times the teenager who feels unloved is looking 4 someone 2 love her, so having a baby gives her power and that feeling she is looking for. Great piece of work Carrie and a good topic too.

  3. This is an extremely well writen and informative article with great insight in today world of teenage Pregnancy and is well worth the reading. Well Done!

  4. This is a really interesting and well written article. You make some really good points here.

  5. In my country, parents are afraid to approach ,or ever discuss sex with their children.This is a good piece. If parents were open with their kids, most likely, teenage pregnancy wouldn’t be so high.

  6. Very important topic, we have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe in the UK. Good artice.

  7. I agree with Isha.. good parenting will prevent teenagers from looking for other kinds of love..

  8. There should be more to be written and it should be in a summary form on Teenage Pregancy. The way farward should be clearly spelled out. It should not aways be in brief.

    Besides, the financial, Education, Social and Religious aspect should be clearly stated.

    thanks very much, i will like to get some support from you to enrich me to preach the message in Liberia.

    It’s Shemaiah W. G. Dolo

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