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The Dangers of Teen Pregnancy

pregnancyTeenage pregnancy in the US is actually quite high. According to statistics the number of pregnancies in girls ages 15-19 was 67.8% per 1000 in 2008. Aaccording to the CDC teen pregnancy in the States is 9 times higher compared to other developed nations even though teen pregnancies are currently in decline. Many teenagers are aware of the risks of premarital sex. What they do not know however is that teenage pregnancies can have an effect on both the mother and child. Here are some of the dangers of teen pregnancies.

  • High Blood Pressure

Pregnancy induced hypertension is quite common in teenagers. The rate is quite higher compared to pregnant women who are in their 20’s or 30’s. Aside from high blood pressure they are also at risk of preeclampsia. Pregnant teens with high blood pressure can affect the baby’s growth and complications in the pregnancy which could lead to a premature birth.

  • STD

Many teenagers who are sexually active do not use any form of birth control, this puts them at high risk of STD or sexually transmitted diseases. STD like Chlamydia and HIV are very dangerous and can have serious effects on the unborn baby. Using a condom during intercourse while pregnant can help protect the baby.

  • Premature Birth

A full term pregnancy is 40 weeks. A baby born before that is termed as a premature baby or preemie baby. The earlier the birth the more risk there is to the respiratory system. The baby is also at risk for vision and cognitive related problems.

  • Post Partum Depression

Pregnant teenagers are at higher risk for post partum depression compared to women of other age groups. According to the CDC girls who start to feel sad even while pregnant should start seeking professional help. Post partum depression can interfere with taking care of the newborn.

  • Low Birth Weight

Pregnant teens can also give birth to babies who have low birth weight. Low birth rate is 3.3 to 5.5 pounds. Small babies need neonatal care and might need the help of a respirator.

The Ultimate Pregnancy Journal

The Ultimate Pregnancy Journal, the newest addition in the best-selling series of parenting and baby books from Elizabeth & Alex Lluch, celebrates the joy, love, and adventure surrounding a pregnancy. Parents-to-be can create a beautiful keepsake that will elicit heartwarming memories for years to come.

This adorable book includes 100 guided pages of questions that couples can use to record everything from the moment they first decide to have a child, to bringing the baby home. Pages include space for photographs, shower invitations and announcements, as well as 16 colorful photo frames that can be placed throughout the book. In addition, this journal offers decorative stickers, pattern pages, a keepsake pouch, and a fold-out photo banner.

Unique components and a large trim size allow parents to design and create a beautiful and personalized keepsake that can be displayed on a nightstand or coffeetable. The Ultimate Pregnancy Journal is sure to become a favorite memento for first-time and even experienced parents who want to relive their pregnancy!

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Melissa Over’s Seriously Funny Guide To: Pregnancy

This is a short and sassy guide of truths to pregnancy. This is not for the light hearted, although I do encourage closet readers. However, they will need to have a good excuse as to why they are sitting in the closet laughing hysterically to themselves. This guide allows women to laugh and enjoy their pregnancy, even the most embarrassing of symptoms. As these are all very common with pregnancy but in such a secretive and judgmental world many women do not feel comfortable discussing these topics. This book is very educational and will help many women feel more comfortable in their temporary new body that seems to be changing in many ways. With the vast number of hormones taking over, many women do not know what to truly expect when they are expecting. This is not complete textbook material as with Melissa Over’s witty and twisted humor, many embarrassing experiences, and very sarcastic thoughts added in makes this the best pregnancy guide ever, while giving a good laugh, enjoyable time, and facts all at once. Anyone who has had experience with being pregnant, wanting to become pregnant, or wants to just know the truths about pregnancy will love this book.

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The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: A Week-by-Week Guide to Everything You Need To Do for a Healthy Pregnancy

The comfort of knowing what is going on during pregnancy combined with advice that changes each week with an expectant mother’s body will warm the heart and well as calm the nerves.

 

This fully illustrated pregnancy guide gives an expectant mothers week-by-week information on their body and the child’s physical development; and then explains what they should do at each week of pregnancy for an optimally healthy pregnancy, delivery, and baby. A chapter is devoted to each week of pregnancy and covers everything readers need to know including, baby’s size, mother’s size, what’s normal in terms of physical symptoms and development, and what could indicate a potentially serious problem. Nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle advice, tips on treating common pregnancy discomforts like morning sickness and sciatica, and pregnancy do’s and don’ts, ensure a happy and healthy mother and baby.

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Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.

Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:

• Reducing the pain of labor without drugs–and the miraculous roles touch and massage play
• What really happens during labor
• Orgasmic birth–making birth pleasurable
• Episiotomy–is it really necessary?
• Common methods of inducing labor–and which to avoid at all costs
• Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
• How to avoid postpartum bleeding–and depression
• The risks of anesthesia and cesareans–what your doctor
doesn’t necessarily tell you
• The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
• How to create a safe, comfortable environment for
birth in any setting, including a hospital
• And much more

Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.

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