Medical Complications

Pregnant teens are at a higher risk of having the following medical complications:

These rare medical complications observed during pregnancy are seen at a higher incidence in adolescents because they are more inclined to engage in activities that are unhealthy to the developing infant as well as themselves.  Pregnant teens are less likely to receive prenatal care, which is essential during pregnancy because it increases the chances of a healthy outcome for both the parent and the infant.  Without these routine visits, the risk for a pregnant teen having one of these complications increases exponentially.

However, obstetric fistula is now rare in developed countries with the proper medical intervention.

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