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Teen Pregnancy Support
Teen pregnancy support is an important part of teen pregnancies. Pregnant teens and teenage moms need lots of support, including social and emotional, medical, and academic support. This article offers pregnant teens tips on where to go for help with teen pregnancy support.
Social and emotional support
One of the first kinds of support pregnant teens will need is emotional and social support. Though parents of pregnant teens may feel angry or disappointed, they should try to offer support to their teen who is dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Some areas have support groups to help parents support their pregnant teens.
Depression is common among pregnant teens, and a pregnant teen may feel left out by her friends or may not know how to talk to her parents and friends. Pregnant teens need an opportunity to express their fears, hopes, concerns, and questions without feeling judged. A pregnant teen and parent support group offers a place where they can talk to other girls who are going through the same thing and make new friends who understand their concerns. Pregnant teen support groups may be available through schools, community centers, health clinics, or religious organizations. Pregnant teens can check the phone book or ask doctors, counselors, or other adults for help finding a support group.
Teens should be careful about joining pregnant teen online support groups as these sometimes offer bad advice and misinformation. A good pregnant teen support group should provide privacy and be moderated by an expert, such as a doctor or counselor.
The other type of teen pregnancy support that is important for teens to find early is medical support. Pregnant teens face special medical needs, and should see a doctor as early in their pregnancy as possible. A good doctor will be able to give the teen advice about nutrition, common fears and concerns regarding teen pregnancy, what to expect during and after pregnancy, and possible complications that might occur.
Doctors can also help pregnant teens find prenatal classes to help them have a healthy pregnancy and delivery, as well as programs to help them quit using any alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs if the pregnant teen has a substance abuse problem. They may also be able to direct them to parenting classes and programs that help with the financial cost of having a baby.
One of the most important things a pregnant teen can do for herself and her baby is to finish school, but this can be a difficult task. Pregnant teens need the support of at least one concerned adult, such as a parent, teacher, or counselor, who can help them find the best programs to get finished with school, such as schools for pregnant or parent teens, tutoring, homeschool, online school, night classes, or GED programs.
Other types of support
There are many other types of pregnant teen support a teen may need, depending on her situation. Some of these types of pregnant teen support include:
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, "When Children Have Children" [online]
Nemours, KidsHealth, "When Your Teen is Having a Baby" [online]
Mothers of Preschoolers, Teen MOPS [online]
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