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Is getting pregnant at age thirteen safe for the woman and the baby? Would it be safe to deliver the baby? Safe to have intercourse so young? Safe for the baby to grow in a young woman's body? Safe for the young woman to carry the baby for nine months?

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Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology

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Very young mothers have a higher incidence of fetal mortality, prematurity, lower birth weight, and higher neonatal deaths than older mothers.
This is in part due to poor prenatal care, but is also though to be due to biological immaturity of the mother. Please discuss the care of this teenager with your local pediatrician.

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Very young mothers have a higher incidence of fetal mortality, prematurity, lower birth weight, and higher neonatal deaths than older mothers.
This is in part due to poor prenatal care, but is also though to be due to biological immaturity of the mother. Please discuss the care of this teenager with your local pediatrician.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Dr. Richard Pollard
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Dr. Mary Engrav
Emergency Medicine

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Most teenagers do not plan to get pregnant, but when it does occur, the most important thing is seeking early medical care during the pregnancy.
Teenage pregnancies do have higher complication rates, but often this is because the teenager is not seen and followed closely by an obstetrician (pregnancy doctor). It is also especially important for teenage pregnant patients to take prenatal vitamins and avoid cigarettes or alcohol.

In brief: Most

Most teenagers do not plan to get pregnant, but when it does occur, the most important thing is seeking early medical care during the pregnancy.
Teenage pregnancies do have higher complication rates, but often this is because the teenager is not seen and followed closely by an obstetrician (pregnancy doctor). It is also especially important for teenage pregnant patients to take prenatal vitamins and avoid cigarettes or alcohol.
Dr. Mary Engrav
Dr. Mary Engrav
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