When we talk about teenage pregnancy, most of the time the information focuses on the many negative aspects. While there are many issues for teen moms, there are also some positive effects of teenage pregnancy. Below are some of the positive side effects teen moms may experience from having babies young.
Teenage Pregnancy Can Strengthen Your Village
It took a long while for my relationship with my family as an adult to develop. I moved and traveled for a while which made it tougher to connect back with my family after some rough teenage years. After having a child, I feel the relationship with my family is much closer. Family bonds tend to strengthen when a child is born, and this can be especially true with teenage pregnancy. Many teens live with parents once the baby is born. As both teens and parents are exploring bringing a new member of the family into the world, many families will become closer to provide and take care of the new child. This can strength your bonds with your family, which can ultimately make you much happier in your life overall.
Your Energy Level Is Higher
Remember when you could go to school all day and then stay up all night? You bounced back from everything without feeling like a freight train hit you the next day. Youth means when the baby is up all night, you may still be still able to function the next day. Teenagers may also bounce back from childbirth easier than older women. This is not to underestimate the incredible strain teenagers are dealing with, but age is on their side for recovery.
Enjoy More Freedom Later in Life
Some people wait until later in life to have children. While having a child in your late thirties and forties is great, it also means that you will be in your fifties and sixties when your children are finishing high school. Having children early does mean that in theory your children also leave the nest while you are in your forties.
Maturity Becomes More Necessary
No matter how mature you were before having a baby, it is very likely that having a baby will mean that a young mother will need to start taking more responsibility. Some studies even suggest that for young mothers who are also socially disadvantaged, the added responsibility of a child means they are less likely to be involved with drugs and alcohol, as mentioned in The Guardian. They rightfully mention that many young mothers are driven by the urge to provide for their children. With the aid of a support network, this drive can have a positive effect on young women who otherwise might be caught up in other pursuits that do not better their lives or the lives of their family.
Here are a few other more lighthearted reasons to have a baby in your teen years.
- In the teenage years, it is likely you can share clothes and might just be able to pull it off.
- While being constantly reminded how young you are is annoying, it might be nice when your child is a teenager.
- You might be a young grandma! This might mean you can enjoy your grandkids even more.
- Your skin is stretchier, so the chance of stretch marks is lower.
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