Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. Finding out you're pregnant when you're a teenager can be daunting, especially if the pregnancy wasn't planned, but help and support is available. First, if you think you might be pregnant but you're not sure, it's important to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible to find out. If your pregnancy test is positive, it's understandable to feel mixed emotions: excitement about having a child, worry about telling your parents, and anxiety about pregnancy and childbirth. Make sure to talk through your options and think carefully before you make any decisions.
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Among these nations, The US also has the highest rates of teenage abortions and sexually transmitted diseases. It was noted that in half of the estimated , annual teen pregnancies, no method of birth control was used. The rate of these pregnancies is higher in families with lower education and income. Disparities in race and ethnicity is noted, as the rate of teen pregnancy in Hispanic teens and non-Hispanic blacks were two times higher than in non-Hispanic white teens. The burden of teen pregnancy is much higher in developing nations, which is estimated at 7.
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Your teenage years can be a rollercoaster of emotions and that's without exaggerating. You're only a teen for a few years, but so much can happen in such a short amount of time. The older people around you probably want to prep you for adulthood and sometimes it can feel like you're being pressured to have it all figured out, which means every day is full of decisions.
The teen birth rate has been steadily falling for years, but it still remains the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized countries. One of the many reasons that teen pregnancy is not a good idea is the issues that arise, including the above-mentioned lack of prenatal care. The reason for the lack of prenatal care is usually delayed pregnancy testing, denial or even fear of telling others about the pregnancy. Most states have a health department or university clinic where prenatal care is free or low cost and patient confidentiality is very important, meaning no one can tell the teen mother's family. Because the body of a teen is still growing she will need more nutritional support to meet both her needs and that of her baby.