2 What Is Your Health IQ?Only about 1/3 of pregnant teenagers ever complete high school.TrueMost teen mothers eventually marry the father of their child.False, only about 20% of teen mothers eventually marry the father of their child
3 Health IQ con’t.Teen parents usually must interrupt their education to workTrueBabies born to teen mothers are more likely to suffer health problemsThere is no effective way to prevent all of the risks of teen sexual activity.False, abstinence eliminates the risks of teen sexual activity
4 ObjectivesIdentify the possible consequences, especially for teens of sexual activity before marriageDescribe how pregnancy can affect the lives of teen parents & babies of teensIdentify how abstinence eliminates the risks of teen sexual activityPredict how a pregnancy now (yours or your partner’s) would affect your life goals
5 Key Terms Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) An infectious disease that is spread by sexual contact
6 Risks of Teen Sexual Activity Unplanned PregnancySexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
7 Beliefs vs Reality“If I have a baby, I’ll be the center of attention.”He won’t leave me if I’m pregnant w/his baby.”“I can’t get pregnant the first time.”“Jan is a really nice girl. She’d never have an STD.”Few teens want to be around a baby.Teen pregnancy adds stress to a relationshipYou CAN get pregnant the 1st time you have sex.Sexually active individuals are at risk of getting STDs.
8 Teen Pregnancy Most teens think it won’t happen to me. 800,000 – 900,000 females get pregnant each year1/5 sexually active females get pregnant each year4/10 females become pregnant at least once before age 20The majority of pregnant women under the age of 20 are not married
9 Health Effects On Teen Mom Pregnancy is hard on the teen motherTeen bones & muscles are not ready for the physical stresses of pregnancyTeens are still developing physicallyTeens must eat well & get medical care to stay healthy & to increase their chances of delivering a healthy baby,Otherwise both the mother & the baby can have health problems.
10 Teen Parents The responsibilities of teen parenthood require: Personal SocialEducational &Financial Sacrifices
11 Teen Parents Caring for a baby is hard work. Teen parents take on adult responsibilitiesUsually have to interrupt their educationHave limited job optionsParents are legally responsible for the care & well-being of their childrenMost teen parents are not prepared to make these sacrifices or to take on adult responsibilities
12 Realities Of Teen Parents Teen fathers earn, on average, less money per year than male teens who delay fatherhood until age 20 – 21Being a teen parent means having less free time for yourselfOnly 20% of single teen mothers eventually marry the father of their childOnly about 30% of pregnant teenagers ever finish high school
13 Babies Of Teen Parents Teens often delay medical care Babies born to teen mothers are more likely to suffer from health problemsAre more likely to be born premature & to have low birth weight (less than 5 ½ #s)Babies with low birth weight are more likely to have physical & mental problems than babies w/normal birth weight
14 Pregnant?If someone you know is or thinks she is pregnant, encourage her to see a doctor right awayShe & her partner should also talk to a parent or trusted adultMany communities offer counseling, prenatal care, & classes on childbirth & parenting to pregnant teens
15 Abstinence Eliminates The Risks Of Teen Sexual Activity One way you can protect your dreams & goals is to remain abstinent from sexual activityOnly abstinence eliminates the risks of teen sexual activity, pregnancy, or STDs.There are many ways to show love & affection non-sexually
16 Nonsexual Ways To Show Love & Affection Make your partner feel specialFind hobbies to do togetherGet to know the person you’re interested inSpend together & show respect for each otherCloseness & caring are as important as sexual attractiveness.
17 “Everyone Is Doing It”The reality is that a majority of teens in high school choose abstinenceAbstinence allows you to:Allows you to be in charge of your futureMakes many options possibleAllows you to protect your healthBy practicing abstinence, you will be able to finish your education & prepare for your career.