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Teenage Pregnancy. What are some risks of being a teenage parent?. Faulty Thinking…. Why teens may become pregnant I can have a baby now, my mom had a baby when she was a teen and she managed… Less than 70% of teenagers who have a baby in high school finish!
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Teenage PregnancyWhat are some risks of being a teenage parent?Faulty Thinking…
  • Why teens may become pregnant
  • I can have a baby now, my mom had a baby when she was a teen and she managed…
  • Less than 70% of teenagers who have a baby in high school finish!
  • Generational Cycle of Teen Pregnancy – the cycle that occurs when a teen whose mother was a teen parent becomes a teen parent.
  • Faulty Thinking…
  • I wont get pregnant if it is our first time…or if I am on my period…
  • The truth is that you can get pregnant your first time, or almost any time during the month.
  • I can drink alcohol and stay in control of my decisions about sex.
  • Alcohol is a depressant that numbs the part of the brain that controls reasoning.
  • Many teens who are sexually active were drinking alcohol the first time they had sex.
  • Faulty Thinking…
  • If I have a baby I’ll be the center of attention…
  • Maybe for awhile, but then something new will come along. The baby will need more attention than you will receive.
  • Think of shows like “Teen Mom”. What is the life of a teenage mom like?
  • Risks Associated with Teen Pregnancy
  • Low birth weight
  • A teen female’s body still is developing and maturing.
  • Many teen females do not have healthful habits.
  • Since a developing baby relies on the mother-to-be
  • for its nutrition, whatever the mother-to-be eats, smokes, or drinks gets into the baby’s bloodstream.
  • A baby may be inadequately nourished for six to eight
  • weeks or more before the mother-to-be knows she is pregnant.
  • As a result, teen mothers are at risk for having a baby with a low
  • birth weight
  • Low birth weight - is a weight at birth that is less than 5.5 pounds
  • Risks Associated with Teen Pregnancy
  • Low birth weight babies – are more likely to have physical and mental problems than do babies of normal birth weights.
  • This could mean learning disabilities
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Developmental issues
  • Walking later
  • Talking later
  • Or other physical or mental issues
  • Risks Associated with Teen Pregnancy
  • Inadequate parenting skills
  • Teens are not prepared to be responsible for a child 24 hours a day
  • They are often more interested in hanging out with friends and partying among other things.
  • A mother who drinks or smokes during pregnancy runs the risk of having a baby with FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) or other health issues such as asthma or other lung issues.
  • Risks Associated with Teen Pregnancy
  • Damaged Hereditary Material
  • The health habits of a teen father-to-be also affect a developing baby
  • The habits of the father-to-be affect the quality of the hereditary material contained in his sperm
  • Some substances that can damage a male’s sperm are related to poor lifestyle choices, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking other drugs.
  • Risks to Teen Moms
  • Teen Moms – The demands on a female who is a teen are even greater because her body is still growing
  • Anemia - a condition in which the oxygen- carrying pigment in the blood is below normal
  • If the pregnant teen is anemic, the developing baby will be seriously affected because the baby depends on the mother’s blood for oxygen and nutrients
  • Toxemia of Pregnancy - a disorder of pregnancy characterized by high blood pressure, tissue swelling, and protein in the urine
  • If severe, toxemia of pregnancy can progress to seizures and coma
  • Teenage pregnancy and parenthood disrupt education and career plans
  • Dating opportunities are limited for a teen raising a child
  • Risks to Teen Dads
  • Teen Dads - Teen fathers have the responsibility of providing for the care of their babies
  • Some states have passed laws that require teen fathers to pay child support until their child is 18
  • They are less likely to graduate from high school or college than their peers who did not become fathers when they were teens
  • Teenage pregnancy and parenthood disrupt education and career plans
  • Teen fathers usually do not marry the mother of their children. As a result, teen fathers often spend little time with their children
  • Dating opportunities are limited for a teen raising a child=
  • Pregnancy MythsTeenage Pregnancy Review
  • Why is the generational cycle of teen pregnancy linked to low income and poverty?
  • In what ways is a male teen responsible for a baby he helps conceive?
  • What are three examples of faulty thinking that can lead to teen pregnancy?
  • What are the risks associated with being born to teen parents?
  • What are the risks for a teen father?
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