EFFECTS OF TEENAGE PREGNANCY:
- Emotional Effect of Early pregnancy to Teenagers
Teenagers are not supposed to be pregnant because of their age. Unfortunately, many women aged 13-17, get pregnant every year. Most of them are not yet ready to be mothers.
A. Emotional Effect
There are various emotional effects of early pregnancy to teenagers.
1. Initial excitement
Some teenagers are excited to bear a child, especially when it is their first pregnancy. They are excited to see their baby. Others are excited to buy clothes and other things for the baby. They think of names for the baby.
Some are confused and at a loss on what to do. They are too young and many have no idea about bearing a child.
Some are scared. They think of questions like, “How should I tell my parents?” “How will I face my classmates?” or “What is the best thing to do to solve this problem?” They are afraid to answer these questions.ey feel scared on what will be the reactions of their parents.
Frustration comes later. Pregnant teenagers will realize that they are not yet ready to bear a child when it’s already late.
B. Emotional Effect to Love Ones
Being pregnant makes one’s life complicated. It can affect you and your love ones.
Parents expect their children to be good. They expect that all the good things from their children.
Some emotional effects to family are:
a. Frustrated or Disappointment
Many parents are not happy about the early pregnancy of children. They expect help in their old age, but their pregnant child might have some other plans.
Others are excited about a new family member.
Friends might be disappointed if they know that you are pregnant. They might be shocked because at your young age you will be a mother.
Physical Effect of Teenage Pregnancy
Changes can be observed in a pregnant woman. Diet and exercise are necessary.
Changes in a pregnant teenager’s body
- Increase in Body Weight
- Increase of Foot Size
- Increase of Breast Size
- The darkening of Cheeks and Forehead
Mental Effect of Early Pregnancy
Among the issues encountered by a pregnant teenager are:
It is common among pregnant teenager who are desperate to solve their problems.
Some teenagers try to solve their problem by:
It is the removal of a fetus from the mother’s womb. Abortion is illegal. About 300,000 to 500,000 women undergo abortion every year.
Article 256, 258 and 259 in the Revised Penal Code of the Philippine penalize women who undergo abortion and others who help her with imprisonment. Some teenager, however, think that abortion is a way to solve their problem.
Some teenagers think of suicide.