Teenage Pregnancy: Problems & Solutions

by Dilip Kumar Dutta

The book TEENAGE PREGNANCY: Problems & Solutions highlights overview of teenage pregnancy and the ways to solve the problems associated with it. Teenage pregnancy, a burning problem in both developed as well as developing countries, refers to pregnancy in a female under the age of 20 years. Early marriage sometimes means adolescent pregnancy, particularly in rural regions where the rate is much higher than it is in urbanized areas. Main complications of teenage pregnancy are premature delivery, small for gestational age infants, low birth weight, increased neonatal mortality, anemia, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, high incidence of operative deliveries, etc. Teenage pregnancy poses special problems; under nutrition, anemia, inadequate physical (anatomical) and mental development to handle the physical, mental and emotional stress of pregnancy, labor, child birth and postnatal events. There has to increased awareness on early marriage and teenage pregnancy. One should offer emergency and long-term contraception, educate teenagers to avoid sexually transmitted illness, provide safe abortion services and if pregnant, close surveillance and empathic care need to be given during pregnancy.

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