Risk Of Pregnancy Under The Age Of 20 Years?
Hello doctor. I sha. I am 16 years old. I was just after a miscarriage. But before that I have not received any signs of pregnancy. And what does the fetus look like 2 weeks? Is I too young to get pregnant?
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Basically a woman is advised to get pregnant when it is physically and mentally ready. The age limit for physical and mental readiness that is widely accepted, especially in developed countries, is above 20 years. Pregnancy under the age of 20 is called teen pregnancy.
Pregnancy under the age of 20 has its own effects, both physical / health impacts and psychosocial effects. Some physical impacts that can occur include:
increased risk of preterm labor and giving birth to babies with low birth weight
increased risk of other complications in pregnancy and childbirth including the risk of abortion (miscarriage), high blood pressure in pregnancy, obstructed labor, infection in pregnancy and childbirth, etc.
the risk of death in childbirth for women under 20 years is 2 times higher than for women who give birth at the age of 20 years and over
the risk of depression and suicide is higher
Some psychosocial effects that can occur include:
Mom dropped out of school
Mother does not work or work for low pay
Have a higher risk of living in poverty
Children born from teenage pregnancy also have a higher risk of living in poverty, growing up without a father, being a victim of violence or neglect, poor performance at school, using alcohol and drugs, engaging in criminal activities, etc.
If indeed you want to get pregnant under the age of 20 years, you should prepare yourself as well as possible. School should continue, prepare your physical well for pregnancy, for example eating nutritious food in sufficient quantities, drinking folic acid during the preparation period of pregnancy, do regular pregnancy control to the obstetrician. Having children also requires a fairly high cost, so prepare your finances well too before deciding to get pregnant again. If you decide to postpone pregnancy (more recommended), you should consult your obstetrician also for the use of contraception that is most suitable for you.
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