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?
Ashley Willis
I was a teen mom it is very hard but you get threw it and kids are going to do what they want anyways because they do not act like children any more and it is the parents of my gen that made this happen
Jacob Hong
i definitely dont support teenage pregnancy. not only does it create divides in the family, but it creates pressure on the mothers of the teens because theyre the ones who eventually take care of it.
Loreal Thorp
To add to all you others, it may be some kids are not willing or as open to talk to their parents about birth control or keeping them safe. That is how I wound up with my daughter at 17. I was unwilling to talk to my parents about it. And scared at the time that I was going to get into trouble.
Ashlee H
Teenage Pregnancy is a result of inadequate sex education and lack of birth control. I went to high school for three years and took all the health courses required and I never had any sort of sex education.
Yasmin S
It is crazy to see how teenage pregnancy is increasing more and more throughout the years, it is sad to think of how not only these kids are going to go through rough times but that most of them dont have anyone to support them
Loreal Thorp
How they are growing up, but also society today. When you have middle school aged children "sexting" where are their parents.
Galaxistar Douglas
Thing happen. But I hate the show 16 and pregnant it show that those girls don't care about themselves. Getting pregnant and then showing it off like it is the right thing. I know for a fact I won't getcpregnant as a teen
Olivia Hatch
16 and pregnant doesn't glorify teen pregnancy at all. it shows how rough it can be, being ostracized by peers and creating chaos in their families, boyfriends deserting them, even when they stay they don't know how to take care of a baby.
Jae Skylark
most instances of teenage pregnancies dont come from a lack of sex ed or caring parents.. it may stem from being in "love" (or so they think) and thinking its safe to trust this person with their body, and ending up with an unplanned (or sadly, in some cases - a planned) baby. if someone is in this situation it's not right to judge, the emotional after effects of an abortion are far more less wanted than having a baby and not being ready. it would suck to be in a situation not having the funds to take care of yourself or a baby however, you took on the responsibility of having sex and your decision to keep and take care of the resulting responsibility is something mature enough to do i don't understand why people feel the need to judge a person's personal issues without knowing the full story. now as for those girls purposely getting pregnant knowing damn well they aren't even mature mentally let alone financially is a different story. however, i'm here to judge neither.
Kim Strother Niewiadomski
This one issue where I am glad I just have a son. I'm going to teach him about safe sex so hopefully this doesn't happen.
Linda Mansfield
In Britain this week a baby has been born to the country's youngest parents. A 12 year old girl who became pregnant at 11 by a 13 year old boy. It's insane. They are children themselves and I actually didn't think that boys of this age produced live sperm but they obviously do.
Suzanne Marble
the age of puberty is getting younger and younger when i hit puberty i was 13 my sister was 11. and my family friend her daughter is 12 and just hit it.
Punky Brewster
After hundreds of girls are purposely tring to get pregnant so they can be on 16 and pregnant, MTV is coming out with a me season. You think they'd say it's time to call it a day when girls are getting pregnant to be on this sow. That means there are thousands of girls with a baby and only like 8 will be featured on the show
Suzanne Marble
I feel this way as well. i was a pregnant teen but not to be on the show because of a mistake but we both stepped up and we support ourselves. I feel like other teens are getting pregnant dont make the show and then live off the system...
Suzanne Marble
I was pregnant as a teenager and it stemmed from not having my mother home, she was working a lot. I know some teen moms who are very good moms, but I know others who live off the system, are immature and don't parent very well. although I know some older moms who do not parent well either.
Kitty S
I was never a pregnant teenager, but a lot of girls in high school were. It can definitely be difficult, and people will judge you.
Candina Szabo
there are so many teenage pregnancies now a days its a shame children have children i just do not think it is rite
AmberLynn Goins
Most people do not agree but my girls know about sex and my 15yo is on birth control and as soon as she turns 13 my other daughter will be on it also I am not taking any chances
Caitlin Oliver
I think that is extremely young for a young girl to be put on birth control. When a girl is put on birth control she then has to begin going though the womanly checks at that age that could be a really awkward thing or violating as well. And it also messes with hormones.
Linda Mansfield
I'm surprised a doctor would put a 13 year old on the pill as some of them have not even reached puberty at this age. It's good that they should be educated about sex but I wouldn't want my granddaughter taking birth control so young. I admire you for putting your views up here though AmberLynn.
Adrienne L.
I absolutely think talking to them and letting them know about sex and pregnancy is the right thing to do. I don't think 15 is overly young to be on birth control (way less damaging then being pregnant at that age at the very least!) But I would worry about putting my 13 year old on it (I have a 13 year old daughter too; I'm not just misappropriating yours for the sake of discussion lol) Mostly because long term use of birth control seems to have some negative health effects (reproductive/breast cancer especially) so I wouldn't want her on it until she needed to be.
John Moseley
Teenage pregnancy stems from a lack of preventative education, coupled with a lot of bad parenting and overall lack of instituting morality into a young person's life. I think that having kids is a wonderful thing -- if you are ready for it. The fact of the matter is, teens haven't had enough life experiences (for the most part) in order to effectively deal with something as life-changing as having a child. Accountability and responsibility isn't on the forefront of many teenager's minds. This is all just opinion, but I think it's sad that in some circles having kids when you aren't ready is like a status symbol. The fact of the matter is kids need stability and nurturing, and a healthy environment to grow up in. Unfortunately teens have enough problems as it is minus the baby.

Again this is all my opinion, and probably not a popular one. If I am wrong, tell me how I am wrong, and don't say I wouldn't understand because I'm a guy.
Linda Mansfield
John, I can understand youir thinking and it may or may not be down to bad parenting. However some children will go off the rails despite being well informed. Hormones coupled with peer pressure have a powerful influence on a teenager. I remember because I was one!

Although slightly off topic, my son is a drug addict. He had all the talks from school, police, certainly myself and swore at the age of 12 he would never go down that road .. but he did. What I am trying to say is sometimes, despite our best efforts, kids will make their own mistakes and we just have to be there to pick up the pieces.
Paul Walburn
I hate it. Unless you can support the child, don't have one! it's really cheap to get condoms. Wear protection kids
Yessi Tapia
Its sad that even after teens see and hear abiut how hard it is raising kids, they still don't take precaution.there are so much birth control options. When we wete young, we didnt have the advantages they have now. Some people blame the parents and maybe in some instances, they are at fault, but if ur strict theywill do it and if u give them freedom, they still might do it. I had mine at 18 & it was rough. Heck, having my last one at 30 was even hard.
Kimberly Hope
I just turned 18 in September nd moved out with my fiance nd his parents. Being of a different lifestyle then what he's used to. I don't really have anybody I feel I can openly talk to about my pregnancy. My mother nd I never got along so I can't go back to her. But anyways. My real question is when might I start really showing? Im 18 weeks about 5' 7" nd around 140pds I haven't gained anything really. I just want a healthy baby. Cheese is like my best friend nd milk is my worst enemy which I know is bad in both cases.. but in any matter, I do still plan on going to college for a phd in architecture. . Possible a minor in art nd journalism too..
Kathy Ernst
Prenatal care is so important. I am so sorry you can't talk openly to your mom. If you have not been to a doctor please see one soon. There are free clinics out there to help. Support groups for girls your age are also available. I would hate to think you are taking this on by yourself. Vitamins, blood work etc all needs to be done. I commend you for wanting to complete school. I hope the father is very supportive. Best of luck sweetie.
Elice McNeely
well i would hope that my daughter (if we had one...we have 2 boys) would have chosen to wait till marriage like my husband and i did BUT had she made a different decision and wound up pregnant, we would not do anything other than love her and support her in any way we could.
Christine Conner
My 15 yr old daughter did inform me that she was pregnant 12 yrs. ago, Talk about devistated and mad and hurt and oh so many feelings I can't even tell you. The father was 18 and my daughter was 15 she was a straight A student and never missed a day of school. The dad was getting ready to leave for boot camp because he had enrolled in the army, needless to say I wanted his head on a plate and to charge him with statutory rape but he promised me and my daughter that he would always be there for them and take care of them. I had my doubts and as any mom of an expectant child wanted to destroy him like he did my baby.
There was never any doubt that I wasn't going to be there and support her and the baby regardless of what the daddy really did. Both of us where scared and we spent many nights crying and dreaming of what this little life was going to be like.
My daughter enrolled in a school set up for teenage mothers and their babies and she also got a part time job at a fast food place.The daddy did return from boot camp and was very active in the rest of her pregnancy and on Dec. 23, 2002 my first grandson was born and I had the honor and privilege to be there when he entered this world. I was the first person he saw as he was being born. That is a moment in my life that is priceless and totally unforgetable. Now 11 years and 2 more kids (girls) later my daughter graduated a year early and Last year she married her kids daddy finallyl. He takes very good care of all of them and is a wonderful husband and father and my daughter is a very loving and wonderful mom. Couldn't be more proud of any of them and I got 3 very beautiful grandkids.
Adrienne L.
Thank you for sharing your story, it sounds like you have a very wonderful family. I'm glad that your daughter was able to make such a good life out of such a messy circumstance and that you were able to get through the hurt and maintain a relationship :-)
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