Here are a few resources that will help you understand this topic better.
Teaching in a high school, I have seen the impact of teenage pregnancy on the students mentally. Students seem less focused on school and more about how their life is about to change. I agree with this to an extent because their lives will change drastically once the baby is born. Forgetting about their education is the outcome that I want to eliminate for teenagers. Walden University provided some startling statistics that solidify my worst fears. This university stated that nearly 1 million teenagers get pregnant in a year and 70% of pregnant teens drop out of high school. That is nearly 700,000 students dropping out of high school a year. This statistic really affected me because as a teacher my job is to keep students in school so I can educate them. If educational facilities are losing this many students in a year due to pregnancy, this is an issue that needs to be remedied soon.
Also, we have to think about how dropping out will affect a struggling mother and her child. Andrea Orr ,author of “Dealing with Pregnant Teens Is a Balancing Act for Schools,” brings up many valid points referring to teenage moms and the work force. “Only half of pregnant teen girls who drop out of high school are employed, and those who are employed make significantly less than those who finish high school. Considering that females already usually earn less than males, a female who drops out of high school has a very negative economic outlook for her life.” These facts mean that out of the 700,000 students who drop out of school, on 350,000 will be able to work and they will be making much less than a high school graduate. Dropping out of school is only going to make life harder on these mothers in the long run.
- Walden University, ConnectEd Issues in Education, “How Many Pregnant Teens Drop Out of High School?”
- Andrea Orr, Edutopia, “Dealing with Pregnant Teens Is a Balancing Act for Schools”
Teenage pregnancy is a touchy subject in many families, schools, and social circles. Most people like to focus on the rumors and drama that surround this topic, but in this blog I would like to focus on the teen. There are many physical, mental and social issues that surround teenagers in general. If you add the added pressure of pregnancy, these issues multiply. In this blog I will try to educate you on the many issues that a teenager might have to deal with if they find themselves in this predicament.
The first issue would be physical or health issues. According to InteliHealth, pregnant teenagers are more likely to experience the following when they are pregnant.
- Premature labor and/or delivery (going into labor before the baby is fully developed)
- Anemia (low iron levels in your blood)
- Preclampsia (swelling, high blood pressure and protein in your urine)
- Having a baby with a low birth weight (less than five and a half pounds)
These health issues could harm the mother as well as the child. I’m not saying that these issues are only experienced by teenage mothers, but it is proven that teenagers are more likely to have these symptoms, thus showing it is more harmful for a teenager to be pregnant than an adult.