Wednesday, June 16, 2010

5 Things Teen Girls Should Know About Pregnancy

Age sixteen was a pivotal time in my life. During my Junior year of high school I found myself pregnant and my life forever changed. Looking back, I cannot really blame anyone but myself. I had been dating since age fourteen. During my Sophomore year, I began dating steadily. I quickly fell in love (and yes, I can say love. Even though I was young, it was much more than infatuation or mere physical attraction.). Bottom line is, I spent way too much time with him. Soon I found myself in a physical relationship that I didn't know how to get out of, nor did I really want to.

When they found out I was pregnant, my parents sent me to another city to live with my grandparents. My boyfriends parents had him join the National Guard. In the end, I ended up a single mother of a baby born with multiple birth defects.

If I could say anything to teen girls, it would be the following:

1) Don't steady date in high school.

2) Do not, under any circumstances, drink alcohol. It impairs your judgement.

3) Talk to your parents/guardians. No matter how uncomfortable it may be. It is better than ending up pregnant at your age.

4) Remember that you are actually still a child. You do not need another child growing inside your body.

5) Think, think, think before making any decisions. One mistake can affect your entire life!

Hopefully I can help young ladies make better decisions by sharing this shortened version of my personal story.

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