Pregnancy is the process of carrying a developing embryo or foetus within the female body until it matures into a baby. Early signs of pregnancy- Missed period (main symptom).
Ensuring complete care on pre and post delivery.
Informing the mother and her family on Family Planning.
Teenage pregnancy, also known as adolescent pregnancy, is pregnancy in females under the age of 20.
Pregnant teenagers face many of the same pregnancy related issues as other women. There are, however, additional concerns for those under 15 of age as they are less likely to be physically developed enough to sustain a healthy pregnancy or to give birth.
- By learning to say “NO” to sex until reaching adulthood.
- Support of elderly family members/guardian
- Abstain from sex till marriage
- Acquiring knowledge about contraceptives and being assertive to use it.
- By being medically informed on the cause, harmful consequences of teenage pregnancy
Why should Teenage Pregnancy be avoided?
- A teenage mother’s body still biologically growing and hence teenage mother’s body is not prepared to bear the pregnancy or carry out safe delivery
- A teenage mother may not be fit enough to nurse the new-born
- A teenager may not be mentally equipped to plan the growth of a child as a father or as a mother in a healthy way
- Being a parent is a huge responsibility and requires the individual to be matured emotionally, socially and financially
particularly by means of contraception or voluntary sterilization
Why use family planning?
- Mothers and babies are healthier when risky pregnancies are avoided.
- Gap between pregnancy allows a mother to replenish from previous delivery
- Enough time could be given for each child’s growth
- Smaller families mean more money and food for each child.
- Parents have more time to work and to be with family.