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Teen Pregnancy

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  • Posted By: Myshkin
  • October 19, 2008
  • 01:50 PM

Hi all, I come to you seeking answers.
When I Google "teenage pregnancy," all I get is public service announcements and preaching.

I'm fifteen years old, and my significant other and I want to have a baby.
I realize that I'm young, and young people tend to regret things. I also know that lots of men (read: boys) don't know what they want and tend to abandon their women. However, I am also aware that I'm emotionally ready for any outcome, he and I are financially stable, and he won't leave me. With this in mind, please don't try to persuade me to reconsider.

Now, onto the question!
Will my age negatively affect the fetus/baby?

The reason I ask is because all of the statistics that suggest this take into consideration the fact that most teenage mothers don't take care of themselves during pregnancy, and neglect the child during its formative years.
I wouldn't do this. I would find an obstetrician and do all it would take to ensure the good health of my baby. So, despite my efforts, would being so young still cause premature birth/defects etc? I know that women over 35 face problems related to birth defects and such, but am I risking it, too?

If it's not too much to ask, I'd like to see some sources, as well.

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