Teenage Pregnancy
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Teenage pregnancy is a complex issue because there are many reasons for concern. Children between the age of 12 and 14 are more likely to be talked into having sex and have unplanned sexual intercourse. Two thirds of teenage pregnancies occur at the age of 18 or 19. It’s associated with higher rates of illness and death for both mother and infant. The United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the industrialised world. 

Teenage pregnancy affects education because only a third of the teen mothers earn their high school diploma, and it affects their children because girls born to teen mothers are more likely to be teen mothers themselves. 

Many teen mothers don’t have the support of their family and are left to deal with the pregnancy on their own. What would you do if your teenage daughter informs you that she is pregnant?

My teen son had a son and is doing his part to raise his son practically as a single parents. So just my two cents in here it isn't always females teenage pregnancy effects. My son was 19 and had already graduated high school but I could not imagine a child at 12 having a child. That's crazy

Yes it is crazy I'm glade that your son stepped up and took responsablity for his kids\kid its not many fathers who do that nowadays

I have watched the show 16 and Pregnant. Clearly these teenagers aren't ready to handle the responsibilities of a mother. My daughter knows a teenage mother in one of her classes and she said she was surprised because that girl didn't seem to be that type. I asked her, "What type? Sometimes things happen and people can make a silly mistake and it takes only one time."

Well when you look at girls "the type" can always put you off a bit as I knew someone who got pregnant at the age of 16, but surprisingly this person still has the man and the baby, and I think they live somewhere in my area and seems to be happy...

This is a serious act now a days and we should do about this with our technology today and too the record shows high percentage we have a teenage pregnancy because of their carelessness and too much possessive on things they are not allowed to do at their age.

I will guide her in going through with it. I think its my fault if my daughter would experience teenage pregnancy and I need to make her understand.

I honestly think teenage pregnancy is sad, because at that age you should be worrying about other stuff not about a kid.

I agree with you its like babies having babies I know a couple that were to young to know any better than what they were doing

Sometimes teen pregnancy can happen because of rape its not always because they wanna get pregnant and I believe that the real issue is parents abandon pregnant teens which causes more problems in the end also people back then would have babies at around 18 in stable relationships so what is the deal now ? Also birth control is not always effective my friend was on the pill and that did not work for her she had her baby at 18 she is in college and works... so yeah

I honestly don't understand teens that get pregnant! There are so many ways to protect yourself and also a lot of information.

I get confused about that because if a parent tries to tell their 18 year old what to do or ground them.....no can do because they are an adult. If they get in trouble with the law they go to the adult detention center. But if she gets pregnant at 18 or 19 it's called teen pregnancy....huh?

What is wrong with you people, I understand teen pregnancy is wrong but its not to the poing that your parents should beat you for it. I think teenage moms made a mistake but i dont think it is for people to talk shi* about them. Everyone makes mistakes in life and you learn from your mistakes, and yeah the bible says that you shouldnt have sex until marriage but if we listen to the bible only 95 % of the people will go to hell.

I know many people that I've gone to high school with that are having children before marriage. I find it shocking and a bit scary that people are not caring about the safety of themselves. To be pregnant at a young age is dangerous for the woman's body.

i feel bad for them because they do not know what they are getting there self in to. it is the toughest job you can do in the world

I think educating teenagers on the real consequences of having a child is important. It's the duty of parents and schools. If they have a real understanding of what they would face at such a young age maybe they would reconsider using protection or having sex at all. Telling how unfair it is to bring a baby into the world when you can barely care for them and might be faced with the decision of having an abortion, which they could regret when they are older. Education is key.

Technically I was a pregnant teenager, even though I had my son when I was 20. Teenage pregnancy is way too common and I can admit that. Mothers need to talk to their teenagers about not having sex or being on birth control.

keep in mind there are other reasons why some teens in both boys and girl this young age, offen like they,re the blacksheep within some families , plus lack pure honest talking between parents caught in yelling/ nme calling matches, feelin un-loved and seeking anybody to love them. for what ever its worth think any/all parents need to change their atittude park the touge not call names just embrace the mistake their sons and daugther might make by having a baby think before ya leap into ring of fire both sides on this issue

I mean it seem bad because they ruin their life. I do want to say some teens that get pregnant do think of better and I am glad for that. I am about to be eighteen and not yet pregnant and well I do think about it sometimes. but I do want to give what a baby needs and I still don't have the ability.

that is great to hear that you are waiting for a baby. it is not fair to the child if you can not take care of it

I honestly think that teenage pregnancy isn't as large of an issue as financial stability overall to people having children. Adults who keep having children while on food stamps and welfare should be just as focused on as teenagers.

I don't agree with this. I was a teenage mother. It took me awhile but I did complete high school. None of my children were teenage parents.

I don't think you should leave your child with it, you need to teach them how to safely do it since they aren't going to stop regardless. It has lifelong effects even if you do abort the child.

I hope that won't happen to my daughter but just in case I will let her deal with that. I think it's better to let her learn her lesson the hard way. In that way, she will be responsible enough to raise her own kid by herself.

one word of hope hiedi your daugther has listen to your hopes and dreams for her to have an future. knock on wood she does listen to own heart and doesnt take part in early parenthood so young.keep in mind in the event this happens dont fly off the handle or waste an bunch of time bein madd and ect. just wrap around hug and get threw it together

I had my son just a few days shy of my 19th birthday. I had already finished high school, was in a stable relationship, and living in my own (well rented) home. I had zero problems during the pregnancy and my son was born in perfect health.

That's amazing to hear. I love babies to an extent where even I think it's weird. Pssssh. How old is your son? I love motivating stories of teen parents like your own.

Hi Deborah! My son is nearly 10 years old now (well he will be 10 in April and that's coming up pretty quick).

I would tell my daughter she is going to have the baby; it may be in the best interests of the baby and my daughter to give the baby up for adoption. I would include the father in that decision as well

I think regardless of your daughter's age, you can't actually force her to do anything with her body. You can't force a child to eat, why would you force her to give birth?
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