Teenage women are just as likely as women in their 20s and 30s to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Teenage women have no increased problems giving birth. The two problems that do occur more often than average in pregnant teenagers are pre-eclampsia and smoking.
Nutrition is very important if you’re a teenager who’s pregnant, because not only are you growing a baby, your own body is still growing. You might find the following links on nutrition helpful:
- Eating Organic When Pregnant and Breastfeeding
- Eating Fish During Pregnancy
- Safe Eating and Drinking Before and During Pregnancy
- Listeria and Pregnancy
Having a baby at a younger age is a unique situation requiring specific information, guidance and support. Many health services have special programs designed for pregnant teenagers — contact your midwife, doctor or local hospital to see if a program is available for you. If you’re a teenager and you want to gain support online, join a forum on teenage pregnancy and parenting.