Did you know that more and more of teenagers that get pregnant do not get the proper treatment they need during the course of the pregnancy? Did you know that the biggest number of them die within their third trimester because they were exposed to a lot of avoidable diseases that are lethal to pregnant women? And did you know that without proper delivery services so many of these girls die during child birth? Or that because of fear many end up dying during half- assed abortions?
Others because of poor feeding and proper care that includes abandonment from their families always leads to a lot of stress and if you have been around a pregnant woman, you know high levels of stress are not good for their health. Their blood pressure is volatile and is not supposed to go above a certain point.
The fact that a girl is already pregnant means you have nothing else to do but to be supportive, to give her that proper care that she needs and help her through this unexpected time of her life for the good of the baby and the expectant mother. We cannot turn back time so we have to look ahead positively and embrace everything that has happened.
Do not treat them like failures because it affects their esteem and sometimes leads them to suicide. Teenagers are not fully emotionally developed and therefore we have to handle them with care.
There are a number of health care centers around the country with Youth friendly and a affordable service that you can refer to in such situations.
Health care providers, don’t berate the pregnant girls for a decision they already wish they could erase. I have on occasions been told by expectant mothers how Ugandan nurses in the labour ward are so rude and not caring to the mothers. I don’t why is that way, but you are not supposed to be insensitive to people you are treating.
The more we react negatively to the conditions, the more young girls opt for abortions yet abortions are the biggest killers of teenage girl. Nobody wants to lose their child to a botched abortion, nobody.
Remember; it is our reaction to situations that always mirrors what lies ahead.
All this can be avoided, talk about sex to your teenage children because if you do not tell them. They will get information from somewhere else, information that sometimes they shouldn’t be availed with yet if you tell them you can sieve out u
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