Health is an important issue amongst teenagers who are parenting. Teenage pregnancy itself is a challenge as any girl of that age lacks the skills and maturity needed to handle pregnancy and mother hood. The girl herself at this age is having ongoing medical and behavioural issues. So it is not surprising that pregnancy at this early age is an invitation to complications, both short term and long term.
Research highlights that pregnant teenagers are less likely to seek antenatal care and usually present to the doctor towards the last days of the pregnancy.
Moreover since the periods are likely to be irregular during teens (missed periods) pregnancy may be detected very late. It may be too late for seeking abortion and one may have to carry an unwanted pregnancy.
Common Issues in Pregnancy:
Complications in the Baby
Babies born out of teenagers are more likely to be premature or low birth weight. Later in life they are more likely to suffer from developmental, emotional problems , chronic medical problems and lower IQ later in the life all due to neglect and improper bringing up.
Once the baby is born the girl may not prove to be an adequate mother and become overburdened with the constants needs of the baby. She herself being in the growing age may feel annoyed at her lack of freedom once the baby is born. All these may lead to neglect of the baby.