Please forward this error screen to sharedip-teenagers preparing for the real world summary. Preventing Teen Pregnancy in the US-CDC Vital Signs-April 2011.
A US government poster on teen pregnancy. Over 1100 teenagers, mostly aged 18 or 19, give birth every day in the United States. 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 the age of 15 as they are less likely to be physically developed enough to sustain a healthy pregnancy or to give birth. In developed countries, teenage pregnancies are associated with social issues, including lower educational levels, poverty, and other negative life outcomes in children of teenage mothers.
When used in combination, educational interventions and promotion of birth control can reduce the risk of unintended teenage pregnancies. The age of the mother is determined by the easily verified date when the pregnancy ends, not by the estimated date of conception. Consequently, the statistics do not include pregnancies that began in women aged 19 if they ended on or after the woman’s 20th birthday. Pregnancies among girls less than 18 years of age have irreparable consequences. It violates the rights of girls, with life-threatening consequences in terms of sexual and reproductive health, and poses high development costs for communities, particularly in perpetuating the cycle of poverty.