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Finally, you talk to Betty about the risks and benefits of being pregnant as a teenager and ask her about her thoughts with respect to pregnancy.  


While we’ve already discussed the risks and benefits of pregnancy and parenting, some particular risks in adolescence include:

  • Mom - Increased pregnancy-induced hypertension, anemia, STI in pregnancy, and maternal mortality [2]

  • Mom - Difficulty completing school, restricted career and economic opportunities, increased risk of poverty [7]

  • Baby - Premature birth, low birth weight, neonatal mortality [1]



1. Garriguet, D. Early sexual intercourse. Statistics Canada, Catalogue 82-003. 2005: 16;9-18.

2. Klein, J.D. Adolescent Pregnancy: Current Trends and Issues. Pediatrics. 2005: 116; 281-286.

7. Bissell, M. Socio-economic outcomes of teen pregnancy and parenthood: A review of the literature. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. 2000: 9(3);191-204.

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