Slow And Steady Wins The Race

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Teen pregnancy is a problem for teens throughout America. Many of these parents are not financially ready for a child. While the motives for having children at such a young age are not clear, the risks and consequences are clear. There is a link between parenthood among teen girls and dropping out of high school. There are also medical problems with the teen mothers and their children. On the bright side, there are ways to continue bettering teens’ decisions of procreation.
According to Chung, “Parenthood is a leading cause of teen girls dropping out of school. In fact, this is true for 30% of all teen girls, with minorities having higher rates (36% for Hispanic girls and 38% for African ...view middle of the document...

Teenage mothers can also suffer from postpartum depression. Teens that are afraid to tell family that they are pregnant are less likely to eat well, exercise, and get plenty of rest (Mikio A. Nihira).
While the mothers are at risk of medical conditions, so are their babies. If the mother does not have the necessary prenatal care, the baby is at risk for a birth defect, such as neural tube defects. If a mother experiences complications from her pregnancy like high blood pressure, she may be prescribed medicines to help her combat the high blood pressure. These medicines can stunt an unborn baby’s growth. Teens are at a high risk of going in to premature labor, which is most likely resulted in a low-birth-rate baby. Premature babies have a high risk of respiratory, digestive, vision, cognitive, and other problems. The earlier a baby is born, the higher these risks go up. A premature baby is not fully grown and will not be at a normal, healthy weight (Mikio A. Nihira).
While there are many cases of teenage pregnancies, a good way to continue lowering the high rate of teenage pregnancy is to properly educate young teens. The only form of birth...

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