Last month, it was reported that Bengaluru Urban district had the highest number of teenage pregnancies between April 2016 and January 2017. This data was published by the health department’s Mother and Child Healthcare Monitoring System (MCTS), that studies how to make maternity healthcare more accessible around the country.
Though the symptoms of teenage pregnancy are similar to adult pregnancy, the signs may vary from teen to teen. Here are a few red flags to watch out for.
1. If She Missed Her Period
A missed period is the first sign of teenage pregnancy. There can be multiple reasons for a teenager to miss her period (active sports, stress, etc.) but if the period is delayed by over a month along with the other signs, this can signal that your daughter is pregnant.
2. Nausea or Vomiting
Morning sickness is common during the early stage of pregnancy. See, if your daughter feels like vomiting in morning or at various times throughout the day. Unless they’re bulimic, most teens will not feel like vomiting on a regular basis.
3. Too Frequent Urination
Pregnant women often need to urinate two or three times a night. This happens because the uterus swells, placing pressure on the bladder. If your teen is suddenly taking a whole lot of bathroom breaks, you might need to find out why.
Fatigue and Appetite Changes
A teen girl will likely feel low on energy and experience changes in appetite during the initial stages of pregnancy. As the body uses up resources and nutrients to feed the developing fetus, it’s only normal to feel more tired than usual. If your daughter is often super tired and falls asleep as soon as she gets home or if she suddenly has inexplicable cravings, chances are that she could be pregnant.
Sometimes, the morning sickness and nausea can also induce appetite loss.
Identifying whether your darling is pregnant is just one aspect of teen parenting, and it’s not all that hard to master. The hard part is learning how to understand the situation and talk to your child.
As a responsible parent, you need to realize that this is a very fragile situation for your daughter. The key to getting through this is keeping calm and having smooth, empathetic conversations with them. Being anxious or simply yelling can have an adverse effect on their psychological and physical health. So instead of going ballistic, try to sit them down in a non-threatening atmosphere and be the comfort and the pillar that they need in this part of their life.
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