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Teen pregnancy

Teen girls often experience irregular periods due to exercise and sports, dieting, school and peer stress, and many other issues. Therefore, keep in mind that just because you may have missed a period or it is delayed, doesn’t necessarily mean you are pregnant. Other signs of pregnancy may include:

    • A missed menstrual period
    • Nausea or vomiting, also known as “morning sickness”, but it can happen throughout the day
    • Sudden aversion to specific foods and smells
    • Unusual fatigue
    • Frequent urination
    • Unusual mood swings

If you suspect that you might be pregnant, this could be a frightening time for you. Even if you have taken a home pregnancy test and it was positive, you will need an examination by a healthcare provider who can determine the accuracy of your pregnancy, including how far along your pregnancy may be, rule out any reasons for false positives, and provide appropriate education and access to other community resources.

Consider seeking guidance from a parent or a trusted adult who you feel comfortable confiding. Ask them to help you make an appointment with your doctor. If you are pregnant, this is not something you should avoid or delay. The sooner you know the truth and receive medical help, the better you and your baby will be and appropriate decisions can be made.

Prenatal care is vital in any pregnancy, but especially in a teen pregnancy. You need to know about the changes taking place in your body and how to better care for yourself during your pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to advise you on taking prenatal vitamins to help prevent birth defects and avoid preterm labor.

Teen pregnancies increase your risk of high blood pressure, also called pregnancy-induced hypertension. Preeclampsia is another health risk in teen pregnancies, a dangerous medical condition that results from high blood pressure combined with high levels of protein in the urine. It causes swelling in the feet, legs and hands. It can also cause seizures, known as eclampsia.