Risk in teenage pregnancy

Pregnancy may present physical risks as teenagers are still growing and developing, and pregnancy places additional demand on the body. It may also present psychological risks to their mental health and wellbeing. The responsibility of care and parenthood may pose a heavy burden of unwanted responsibility and young women may be unable to cope. In addition to health risks, there are a variety of circumstantial and environmental risks to both mother and baby that may affect the opportunities and future outcomes available to both mother and child. Financial concerns and a potential drop-off in further education may reduce the economic opportunities of young women facing parenthood, thus increasing the risk of poverty.

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