Becoming a mother is by far one of the biggest changes and challenges a woman will experience in her life. While it’s a huge adjustment for someone in her 20s, 30s or 40s, there are additional consequences of teenage pregnancy and motherhood that every parent and child should consider.
My own mother was 18 years old when she gave birth to me. Adding a baby to her life when her priorities should have been pursuing a college education and maturing into an adult, forced her to make decisions that took her life and mine in some unexpected and undesirable directions.
While the teen birth rate has declined in recent years, teenage pregnancy rates still remain high and approximately one million teenage girls become pregnant each year in the US.
There are some major consequences of teenage pregnancy. Here are five that will shape the rest of a woman’s life.