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Facts About Teenage Pregnancy and Parenthood
► 1 in every 25 teenage girls fall pregnant in the UK.
► You can fall pregnant the first time you have unprotected sexual intercourse.. and the second.. and the third.
► If you don’t get pregnant the first few times you have sexual intercourse, you can still get pregnant, every time you have unprotected sex.
► There are many common myths that you may have heard from friends and on the internet about how you can get pregnant and how you can avoid getting pregnant. Do not believe information that has not come from a reputable source. We suggest you check a fact or advice you have been given with an organisation like Brook or your school nurse or GP. Brook can be contacted via the details on our ‘Looking for Support’ page.
► There is a 63% increased risk of being born into poverty for children of teenage parents.
► 40% of teenage mothers left school with no qualifications.
► There are nearly 30,000 conceptions per year for girls under 18 in the UK.
► Not all teenage parent get a house paid for by the government. When they first get pregnant, you may end up in shared bed and breakfast and hostels that are often not very nice.
► It can take up to three years or longer to get a permanent home from the government. Until then you and your child can be constantly moved around from one temporary accommodation to another.
► Most young fathers do not stay in long term, committed relationships with the mother of their children.
► Being a parent is very hard work at any age. The added difficulties faced by being in a situation of having no committed partner, no money, no permanent housing and no friends who are in the same situation, makes it much more difficult.
► Teenage parent can face a lot of negative judgment from family and friends and do face a lot of discrimination from society. This is very hard to take, especially if you are alone and exhausted by raising a child.
► Having a child young does not stop you from achieving in life, getting a good job or fulfilling your ambitions. However, everything is much harder due to the extra responsibilities of looking after a child and takes much longer—usually longer by many years.
I learnt a lot about having a baby when you’re a teenager and how hard life is to get everything you need.