Category - Teen
Webmd looks at the statistics, the health risks teen pregnancy poses, and ways teens can ensure a healthy pregnancy. teenage is the time when she will finally begin exploring her sexuality, and accidental pregnancy is a common side-effect of following through on her feelings. The most important thing you need to know is how to tackle the same, and ensure that your teen is aware of the risks of such a situation and she knows how to avoid it. Rachel fortune, md, national medical director for newport academy parents of teens should encourage honest discussions of sexuality and answer questions as frankly as possible. Every family has its own values and beliefs about sexual activity in the teenage years. Teen pregnancies carry extra health risks to both the mother and the baby. Often, teens dont get prenatal care soon enough, which can lead to problems later on. The readers are provided with more recent data on adolescent sexuality, child bearing as well as suggestions for addressing the challenges of teenage pregnancy. Risking the future adolescent sexuality, pregnancy, and childbearing, volume ii working papers only (1987) chapter 5. A teenage pregnancy, as defined by the american pregnancy association, is a pregnancy that occurs for a woman under the age of 20. Although technically not a teenager, a young woman 12 or under who is pregnant falls into this definition of teenage pregnancy as well. With over 200,000 babies being born to teenage women in the us, teenage. Teenage pregnancy, also known as adolescent pregnancy, is pregnancy in a female under the age of 20. Pregnancy can occur with sexual intercourse after the start of ovulation, which can be before the first menstrual period (menarche) but usually occurs after the onset of periods. In well-nourished females, the first period usually takes place around the age of 12 or 13. The medical home and bright futures-what does that have to do with teenage sexuality and pregnancy anyway? Thomas tonniges, md, faap medical director -united healthcare-community plan march 12-14, 2012 expanding our experience and expertise.