Teenage age is simply an age between thirteen(13) to Eighteen (18) popularly termed an adolescent age. A period where by the young being is said to be sexually active. A pregnancy is said to be a state of been pregnant(a period of developing an offspring).
Teenage pregnancy is therefore a situation where a teenage girl is put in a family way regardless of whether she is married or otherwise. Teenage pregnancy is a risk medically, because at that age a teenage body is not yet develop or matured enough to go through the rigours of pregnancy and at the end causes complications that will affect the girl’s system (sometimes for life)
**How is Teenage pregnancy occur*
Teenage pregnancy occurred where a girl below the age of 18 is impregnated.Either through valid marital consummation or outside wedlock. It is important to note that a girl below 10 yrs could also become pregnant, so long as that girl has started menstruation her journey toward teen age and womanhood has started. At this juncture I will call on the attention of parents, guardians, Educationist to incorporate sex education in their discipline and curriculum respectively.
**How to prevent Teenage Pregnancy**
Teenage pregnancy could be prevented where the parents or guardians do not shy away from enlightening their wards about sexuality and sex education in an explicit term. Listing out the implications, preach abstinence. Admonishing them to wait for the right time before involving into any sexual activities.
Another method is take them away from peer groups influence, this plays a great role in making or breaking a teenage girl.
As we know adolescents are always very sensitive towards issues so the parents should trade with caution when dealing with them.Because this is very crucial so parents should exercise patience and caution when dealing with adolescents.
Another way is by making them your friends,make them come close to you,opening up with respect to their fears,expectations etc.Train them to come to you whenever they have something to talk about.
One important factor, is by engaging them in activities that can consume their time, so that there will be no room for idleness within them.Remember idleness is a devil’s workshop. Watch and examined the kind of friends they keep.
Again, give your admonition in form of sermons, don’t be harsh and condemn them outrightly, if you do that you are pushing them away.They will seek solace elsewhere and who knows it might be the wrong hands.
Another issue is,to be frank no matter how hard you try,during teenage age almost 50-90% will have a boyfriend (some are even married off at that age) So how do you prevent this?Watch the kind of boyfriend she keep, do the most daring,invite him over and examined his disposition. Tell her your findings, though it will not matter much at that moment,still try as friendly as you can to ask her to stay away from him.Enlighten her more about teenage pregnancy,it dangers and consequences. Tell her categorically sex is not a playground for girls of her age it is for those married, adult and matured. Those not liability to their parents, those still not depending on their parents for their up keep.
*Consequences of Teenage pregnancy*
As we are aware that during teenage age the female body is not ripe Or matured enough to go through the rigours of pregnancy(the morning sicknessees,the moid swings,to the pika,to oedema,to sleepless nights, and the biggest part taking care of and meeting up the demands of an infant, the wakefulness, sleepless nights and so many more which I believe no adolescent child will bear that even in her widest imaginations or dreams) there are so many healith issues.Contraction of diseases, infections,dropping out of school, depression, stigmatization, raising the child from the pregnancy alone and the the almighty VVF(a condition in which a woman or girl is affected with a situation she cannot be able to control urine or fasces)
I hope this little piece will help create awareness on the dangers associated with Teenage pregnancy and I hope parents will also, be more of friends to their vulnerable teenage girls. And will muster up the courage to talk to their children about sexuality and sex education and will succeed in educating to wait for the right time before they get involve in any sexual activity.
I wish you the best in raising up your naive adolescents through adulthood successfully.