How Having A Baby At Eighteen Will Affect You

According to researchers, getting pregnant at a young age comes with a series of pros and cons. For women who have children around the age of 18, certain factors will have an impact. These include the likelihood that as a young parent they will be around to enjoy much of their child’s life. Also, their child will probably get to know their grandparents, which can be rewarding.

Studies show that while the chances of having a healthy baby may be higher at 18, young maternal age is also associated with lower birth weight risk, resulting from social disadvantages or unfavorable health conditions. Lower birth weights can be linked to adverse outcomes, including developmental setbacks and subsequent health problems for children.

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For women who have had a difficult adolescence, however, being a young mother may afford some stability. A recent study showed that having a child at a young age can be positive for women from financially unstable backgrounds since the responsibility of parenthood may keep them away from drugs and delinquency.

Another study revealed that 90 percent of teenage mothers are unmarried. For women who decide to get married, the outlook is not great. According to the CDC, 60 percent of marriages for couples between the ages of 20 and 25 end in divorce and 59 percent of marriages of women who were under the age of 18 will end in divorce within 15 years.

Government studies show that there is a connection between young motherhood and education. Young women who are doing well in school are usually less likely to have a baby at a younger age. If women do decide to have a child at a young age, the prospect of pursuing an education is limited since the need to financially support their children through work usually interferes with continuing their studies.

In addition, a recent study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that a majority of pregnant women under-25 displayed signs of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. In comparison, only one in five women over the age of 25 suffer from the same disorders.

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Finally, many people assume that young mothers have more energy. This, however, is not usually the case. A recent study found that women in their 30s have the most energy. Also, according to SleepFoundation.org, the recommended amount of sleep, which is seven to nine hours, is the same for adults ages 18 to 25 and adults 26 to 64.

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