A little over 1,000 teens gives birth every day. Just yesterday I held the 5-week-old baby of one of the teens that visits my library. The majority of teen fiction that deals with teen pregnancy focuses on only one part of the discussion: will the teen mother keep the baby or will she either end the pregnancy or decide to give her baby up for adoption. But what about pregnancy complications, where is that depicted in the literature? In an earlier blog post we discussed pregnancy miscarriage and infant loss, but that is only part of the story. Because at the end of the day pregnancy is pregnancy, there is a chance for a wide variety of complications such as eclampsia, placental abruption, gestational diabetes, hyperemesis gravidarum and more. When teens suddenly find themselves facing not only a pregnancy, but a complicated one at that, where do they turn for information and support? Information regarding pregnancy complications tends to be complication specific, not age specific (with the exception of dealing with pregnancy after the age of 35).
For more information on teen pregnancy complications:
WebMD: Teen Pregnancy, medical risks and realities
March of Dimes
Livestrong.com: Complications with Teenage Pregnancy
TLC: Pregnancy Complications in Teenage Mothers
As you can see, the information regarding pregnancy complications for teenagers is short and lacks depth. You’ll want to refer teens to more informative, disease/complication specific sites. For example, the Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation (HER Foundation), specializes in information on HG. The March of Dimes is actually another good resources for a variety of complications.