Since decades medical professionals and common man argued on the issue about the correct age to get pregnant and most importantly about teen pregnancy. Lets first look into the small piece of statistics to understand its impact- according to an UNICEF report in 2001 teenage birth rate of USA is 52.1 which is the highest in the whole developed world. Among the European nations England has the highest teenage birth rate. About 1.25 million teenagers become pregnant in every year in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries they studied. (Reference: link)
Teenage pregnancy not only impact the teen mother physically, socially and economically it appears to have a long term impact on the women’s health. Recent studies show mothers who became pregnant before their twenties are more likely to be obese latter in their life. Obviously its worth mentioning that obesity is one of the worst epidemic in current world that not only is sometimes a stigma but can affect the health harshly and might might not show any mercy and kill people by means of a heart attack, stroke, diabetes etc.
I don’t want to stir the debate of teenage sex is good or bad, but since teenage pregnancy can have certain negative impacts thinking and knowing about it properly beforehand might be a wise way to deal with it. Talking to a trusted adult like parents, teachers and consulting a doctors to explore teen pregnancy and contraceptives might help pace the rhythm of life in perfect rhythm.
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Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_136097.html, http://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/328