“Mom, dad…I’m pregnant,” these are words parents never want to hear from their unmarried, young adult (Schooler). Adolescent pregnancy is normally referred to young adults, which are still minors, getting pregnant unintentionally. Four out of every ten sexually active girls get pregnant, most of them unintentionally (Bartle). Adolescent pregnancy is often referred to as teen pregnancy. Adolescent pregnancy is a complex issue with many reasons for concern. It has a major effect on the pregnant woman and partner as well as the family that surrounds and hopefully supports them as young, soon- to-be parents. Pregnancy at any age can change someone’s life as easy as 1-2-3, but learning that you are expecting while still being a kid yourself can be breathtaking. Walking this particular journey alone can be very hard and overwhelming. It is very important to have a support system through your friends and family. Family is usually the best resource. From the moment that the pregnancy test reads positive, the effects touch everyone involved. I, myself have experienced adolescent pregnancy. Throughout this paper, I hope to inform you about the effects adolescent pregnancy has on the family of the mother and father, as well as the expecting mother herself.
Finding out that you are expecting can be a very hard time in your life. Many emotions and thoughts run through your head and everything seems to be discombobulated. “You may think that you are tossing your dreams away as you toss the fourth positive pregnancy test into a waste basket” (Schooler). It is hard to stop and think and put the pieces together while trying to deal with a crisis as serious as an unplanned pregnancy. There are so many different types of decisions that you have to make. Your responsibilities and future can change in an instant. “Most teenagers tend to think that it cannot happen to me or imagine they would never have to deal with it” (Schooler). Dealing with an unplanned pregnancy at an unideal time can throw a young girls world into complete chaos. According to Reverend Curt Young, most women view their pregnancy as a threat (Schooler). Other feelings that young women may feel are a mixture between guilt, shame, foolishness, and failure. Many more emotions can arise with this issue depending on the person.
Remembrance back to when I was first found out I was pregnant helps me remember how nervous, scared, upset, and how hurt I was. I, like most teenagers, never in a million years thought that it would happen to me. I soon realized that it could and it did. It was my seventeenth birthday. My boyfriend and now the father of my child had taken me to see a movie. We left the movie early that night so that we had time to get a pregnancy test before my curfew. I took a total of ten pregnancy tests before I could come to the acceptance that it was real and that I had a baby, a real live human being growing inside of me. I had no idea what I could or would do. I was not even fully aware of my options. The first task is to deal with the reality of the pregnancy and to come to terms with it. The biggest decision that comes with a pregnancy is the decision to keep the baby or not to keep the baby. It is very important for a young adult dealing with an unplanned pregnancy to inform herself with the different options she has for herself and the unborn baby in deep thought. This is a heavy responsibility for a teenager that will affect the rest of their lives (Simpson). “The final decision is yours. You are the one that has to live with it in the end” (Kuklin). Everyone can give their opinions and offers, but you are the one that has to make the choice and live with that choice for the rest of your life. Your main thought is probably the fact that your life is going to completely change, and it truly is, but it is not always for the worse. “A pregnancy doesn’t wipe away the character qualities that you have learned along your lifetime, they just require them to be...
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