Most pregnant teenage girls did not plan to get pregnant. If you are a pregnant teen, it is very important to get health care during your pregnancy. Know that there are extra health risks for both you and your baby.
Make an appointment with your health care provider after you find out you are pregnant. It is important to have good prenatal care health care while you are pregnant in order to:
Your health care provider can also provide counseling and refer you to community services to make sure you and your baby have what you need.
If you don’t know where to go and feel like you cannot tell your family or a friend that you are pregnant, talk with your school nurse or school counselor. They can help you find prenatal care and other help in your community.
It is best to find a health care provider who specializes in teenage pregnancies. At your first prenatal visit, your health care provider will:
Your first trimester is the first 3 months of your pregnancy. During this time, you will have a prenatal visit once a month. These visits may be short, but they are still important.
It is fine to bring a friend or family member, your partner, or your labor coach with you.
You can do many things to help you and your baby stay as healthy as possible.
Try to stay in school during your pregnancy and after you give birth. Talk with your school counselor if you need help with child care or tutoring.
Your education will give you skills to be a better parent, and it will make you more able to provide for your child financially and emotionally.
Make a plan for how you will pay for the costs of raising your child. You will need a place to live, food, medical care, and other things. Are there resources in your community that can help? Your school counselor may know what resources are available to you.
Yes. Teenage pregnancies are riskier than pregnancies in women who are older. This is partly because a teenager’s body is still developing, and partly because many pregnant teens do not get the health care they need during pregnancy.
Risks for the baby are:
Updated by: Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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