According to U.S. Health and Human Services, 1 in 3 girls will get pregnant before she turns twenty. Almost 1 million teens get pregnant every year. Most of these pregnancies are unplanned, and cause turmoil for the teen mother, the baby's father, and their families. (surviving an unplanned pregnancy). As that may come as a shock, those statistics are realistic and accurate. In 2012 alone there were 29.4 live births for every 1,000 adolescent females ages 15-19. (hhs.gov). U.S. teen birth rate is slightly higher than any over developed country. U.S.A is holding the top rank in adolescent pregnancies. Of about 82% of pregnancy are found to be in teenagers having an age group between 15-20. (Teenage pregnancy: causes and facts).
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When a baby is born with low birth weight he/she is more likely to have underdeveloped organs, which can result in numerous complications such as internal bleeding, internal organ failure and dysfunction of the nervous system. “Low birth weight (LBW) is when a baby is born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces. About 1 in every 12 babies in the United States is born with low birth weight”(Low birth weight). Generally if a newborn is born premature they have to stay 1-3 months in the newborn intensive care unit. In addition to, LBW affects the baby momentarily and also later in life spiking the chances of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
On top of life threatening obstacles for the baby, the young mother can also endure risk for malnutrition, abortion, bodily rejection and cervical cancer. “Compared with mothers in older age groups, teenage mothers are at greater risk of having medical complications”(Eden 3). It’s proven that young mothers tend to have poor eating habits and are less likely to maintain regular Dr. appointments along with recommended vitamins. “During the first 3 months of pregnancy; seven out of ten teenage girls do not get prenatal care, see a doctor, or go to a clinic”. (Health risks of a Teen Pregnancy). Due to the mom lacking prenatal care, Anemia is often a high health risk, which can develop into preeclampsia that is a severe condition similar to high blood pressure. Vitamin deficiency is more common; since the