Being a teenager and finding out you are expecting a baby, especially if the pregnancy is unintended and not wanted, can put enormous stress on you and your family. However, there is support available to help you to make the wisest choice for you at this time. Finding out you are pregnant — or that you will become a teenager father — can bring up many different emotions. You might feel confused and scared, or happy and excited.
Mood Swings & Mommy Brain: The Emotional Challenges of Pregnancy
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It would make sense that teenage mothers have a lot of psychological stress in their lives, but a new study shows that the distress comes before the pregnancy, not because of it. The study, published in the September issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior , used data from two large long-term U. Participants responded to items on symptoms associated with depression, such as how often they found things that did not usually bother them to be bothersome, how easily they could shake off feeling blue or whether they had trouble concentrating. Only the combination of poverty and existing distress was a good predictor of teen pregnancy. Previous studies had shown high levels of depression among teen mothers, but nationally representative studies had not examined if distress was present before the pregnancy and stresses of young motherhood. Looking for symptoms of depression or distress should be part of normal health screening for all teenagers, said Diane Merritt, M. Responsible behavior would include the use of birth control if the teenager were sexually active.
Teen Pregnancy May Be Symptom, Not Cause, Of Emotional Distress
Having the ability to check off commonly accepted parenting prerequisites — a quality education, a good job, mental and emotional stability, a safe home — can make the challenge easier to tackle and overcome. Unfortunately, adolescents who become parents often have a shortage of key life skills and other resources that are vital to the parenting process. This sad reality is supported by research showing that, on average, children who are born to teen parents are less likely to ever reach their full potential. And the effects of teenage pregnancy on parent, baby, and community can be devastating. According to The Urban Child Institute, adolescent parenting is one of the major risk factors associated with early childhood development.
Adolescent mothers and their offspring are a high risk group broth physically and emotionally. Poverty, malnutrition, complications of pregnancy, emotional problems such as depression, drug and alcohol use, are all risks for the mother. Children are also at greater risk for physical, cognitive and emotional problems. It is therefore important to identify factors which influence outcome on adolescent mothers and their children in order to suggest interventions which will more positively affect the physical and psychological health of this increasing population. PIP: Adolescent mothers and their offspring are a high risk group both physically and emotionally.