Teen Pregnancy Facts and Support
Although teen pregnancy rates in the USA have been steadily falling since 2008, about 22 in every 1000 girls aged between 15 and 19 falls pregnant.
Is this you? Or your daughter?
Read on for advice on what you can do if you are a pregnant teen, or if you’re the parent of a pregnant teen. The world will keep turning!
Are You A Pregnant Teenager?
This can be a really scary time and you need to get support. Tell someone you trust – your boyfriend, your best friend, the school counselor – and go with them to tell your parents. Hopefully, you can work together as a family. It’s not the end of the world. You do have options that you can talk about with your parents. They include:
- Keeping Your Baby: Many young mothers do a wonderful job raising their babies. It’s not the easiest path but it is a wonderful and rewarding one. If you’re ready to work hard and love your baby, then this is the very best option.
- Adopting Your Baby Out: There are many different styles of adoption, some of which allow you to stay in contact with your child. You need to get very good advice about adoption because there’s lots of legal stuff involved. Be warned that giving up a baby that you’ve just carried for 9 months and then given birth to is not easy.
- Having an Abortion: This is the last resort option, but it is available if you’re not ready to have a baby. Your body is your own and, in the United States, you have the right to have an abortion. It can be a traumatizing experience and many women who have abortions suffer long-lasting feelings of guilt.
Are You the Parent of a Pregnant Teenager?
We’re living in the 21st century. If your daughter discovers she is pregnant, please don’t judge, blame, or shun her. She needs your support like never before. Sure, you’ll feel disappointed – she has her whole life in front of her! But, actually, her life is still in front of her – it might just be a little different to the way you’d imagined it for her. You can’t change the past – help your daughter to make her future brighter!
Teen pregnancy statistics show that the outcomes are much better for girls who have solid support networks than those who have to “go it alone”. With your help, your daughter should still be able to get a great education, do a wonderful job raising a child (if that’s the option she chooses), and have a rich and happy life. Isn’t that what we all want for our children?
A few tips to help (both of you) through this difficult time:
- Be patient and don’t ever shout – your daughter has a big decision to make.
- Offer guidance but allow your daughter to make decisions herself. She may be your little girl but she’s in an adult situation and has to make adult decisions. Try not to take over.
- Don’t shut out your daughter’s boyfriend, no matter how angry you are with him. He’s about to be the father of your grandchild. Get to know him and his parents. It’s much better when you work as a team.
- If you feel out of your depth, seek help. This is a really difficult time for you, too.
Related Pregnancy Articles and Info:
Read more about current teen pregnancy rates in the US and around the world.
How will you know if you are pregnant? What are the first signs and symptoms? Find out more here.
If you choose to have an abortion as a teenager will it affect your chances of getting pregnant later on? We bust the myths and give you the facts.
Are you ready to be a parent? Work through our five-question quiz to find out.
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