Your daughter is pregnant. Now what? (Or your son got a girl pregnant. Again, now what?) You had the sex talk with them, they allegedly paid attention during sex ed class, and still, this happened. You may be feeling a lot of things right now, but what’s done is done — and you need information for the next step of this journey. Your child is going to be scared right now, so here are some teenage pregnancy risks that you should know about in order to get ahead of the fear and make smart decisions.
1. Premature Birth
Teen pregnancies carry a greater risk of premature birth, which often goes hand in hand with low birthweight. This type of birthing experience can create serious medical complications for the baby, which may end up requiring days or even weeks in a specialized ICU (intensive care unit). Premature birth can cause difficulties with learning and brain function later in life, as well as respiratory problems such as asthma.
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2. Emotional C
A pregnant mom-to-be may find herself feeling isolated from friends and even family, who may look down on her choices with judgment. Health Line notes that school performance could decline, and some teens may even experience depression or other serious mental health conditions.
3. Nutritional Concerns
Teens need extra encouragement to consume enough calories from the right foods to maintain their health and the health of their
4. Anemia and Other Blood-related Concerns
Pregnant teens can experience a deficiency of iron and other crucial nutrients. Pregnancy can also exacerbate existing genetic disorders, such as sickle cell anemia. Frequent tiredness, dizziness, and shortness of breath are all signs of anemia, a condition that can also be transferred to the baby. Teen pregnancies can also result in higher blood pressure, which in turn can contribute to premature birth.
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