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Are you a teen who is pregnant? If you're over your initial shock, have talked to your folks and your boyfriend, and have decided that you will be parenting your baby, you're probably actively preparing for motherhood. What do you need to know about having a baby, and what about stuff that's specific to younger moms?

Prenatal stuff

If you weren't trying to get pregnant, you probably weren't taking folic acid and multivitamins, and may have been smoking and drinking. Everyone needs prenatal care, but those who weren't trying for a baby have even more of a reason to see a doctor as soon as possible. Unfortunately, young moms are also at a higher risk of certain pregnancy complications. Make sure you do find a doctor who is supportive of you as a pregnant teenager, because although some people will inevitably be prejudiced toward you, you don't want your OBGYN to be one of them.

Baby care

Are you studying? Working a part time job? As a teen mom, you will have lots of responsibilities on your hand. Looking after a newborn may be a little exhausting, but it's all the other things going on in life that will become really hard unless you have a great support network. So, talk to anyone willing to genuinely help you. Your parents, extended family, friends, your baby's father and perhaps his family (where this applies), church, the government... anyone. Make sure you find out what financial services and support you are entitled to, and see what kind of special treatment moms who are finishing school can get. The more you network while you are still pregnant, the more likely it is that you will have a good organizational system by the time your baby gets there.


The early years with a baby can be tough for anyone, but especially for someone who didn't plan to be a parent at an early age. Those who have been there, and whose children have grown up, often note how the those really tough times passed, and how their children grew into confident and successful young adults themselves. Teenage parenting isn't something almost anyone would recommend choosing, but you can sure do a good job.

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