Whether you have already made your decision, or are still considering what to do about your teen pregnancy and the child you are carrying, you may be feeling angry, depressed, guilty, ashamed, or hopeless. You may also feel that your innocence is gone and there is no way for your life to be made whole again. If you are experiencing any of these feelings, I want you to know that there is hope.
Although it is an extremely difficult situation for a teen to deal with a teen pregnancy, current statistics reveal that approximately 10% of girls 19 and under do get pregnant.
It is a beautiful and exciting thing for a baby to be created, yet it can be a frightening and uncertain time for a teen pregnancy who was not planning to become pregnant. Many girls are terrified to tell their parents they are pregnant, while others have highly irresponsible or abusive parents who are absolutely not a refuge or resource for their pregnant teenager.
Teen pregnancy is an important issue. There are health risks to the baby and children born to teenage mothers are more likely to suffer health, social, and emotional problems. There is an increased risk of teen pregnancy for complications such as premature labor during teen pregnancy and socioeconomic consequences as well.
Teenage mothers are less likely to seek regular prenatal care. Prenatal care is essential for monitoring the growth of the fetus; keeping the mother's weight in check; and advising the mother on nutrition and how she should take care of herself to ensure a healthy pregnancy.