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Teen Pregnancy Health Risks
Teen pregnancy health risks can be more greater than the risks of a pregnant adult. This article discusses some of the health risks pregnant teens should be aware of and the signs and symptoms to look for to help prevent any problems and have a healthy pregnancy.
Pregnant teens and their babies face some special health challenges, which is why it is so important for pregnant teens to get good medical care early in their pregnancy. With good medical care, teens increase their chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Care by a doctor during pregnancy is called prenatal care. Prenatal doctor's visits allow the doctor to make sure the teen and her baby are healthy, and to address any health needs the teen may face. Teens may be afraid to admit they are pregnant, so they don't get the care they need. Lack of prenatal care is a major cause of teen pregnancy complications. Teens who don't have insurance or can't afford a doctor are usually able to get medical care from special programs for pregnant women. A doctor's office, community health department, or another knowledgeable adult can help a teen find a way to get prenatal care.
Some of the teen pregnancy health risks include:
A doctor can monitor a pregnant teen’s health and the baby's growth and let the teen listen to her baby's heartbeat. Usually they will tell teens what to expect during each phase of pregnancy, and what symptoms might indicate a problem, or pregnancy complication. Teens should not be afraid to ask their doctor questions. Doctors have already heard all kinds of questions, so teens don’t need to be embarrassed to ask them anything. It’s also important to always tell the truth when doctors ask questions in order to get the best care possible. The best way to avoid teen pregnancy health risks is to educate yourself.
WebMD, Health and Pregnancy, "Teen Pregnancy: Medical Risks and Realities" [online]
Nemours, TeensHealth, "Having a Healthy Pregnancy" [online]
March of Dimes, "Teenage Pregnancy" [online]
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