(SOLVED) You work at a prenatal clinic. What would you say to a pregnant 14-year-old who says she wants to have many babies with her 15-year-old boyfriend? She is at her 20-week prenatal visit.
You work at a prenatal clinic. What would you say to a pregnant 14-year-old who says she wants to have many babies with her 15-year-old boyfriend? She is at her 20-week prenatal visit.
ANSWER : INTRODUCTION
Although the physical care of a pregnant adolescent is quite similar to that of a care for an adult women , still the adolescent mothers would need additional unique needs. Adolescent mothers would often needs more of the support and much extensive health teaching during the whole phase of pregnancy and the postpartum period too. Since an adolescent mother have fewer life experiences than a grown lady , which makes them lesser capable to cope with the important changes in their life related to pregnancy and the child birth. A much needed non- judgmental and appropriate interactions are required for the care of the adolescent mothers.
ANSWER : COUNSELLING FOR TEENAGE PREGNANT MOTHER
Adolescence represents a period of changes for an individual. At this developmental stages, they are actually trying to figure out who they are and how they should be fitted in the society. Some of the important health teaching to this young pregnant mother of 14 years can be given as follows :
Tell this pregnant mother the importance of early prenatal care as she can get adequate family support and even more knowledge about pregnancy care.
Assess if this young lady had any history of abortion, overconsumption of alcohol, sex partners etc.
Check for any risk of developing sexually transmitted diseases during the first trimester.
Ask about her nutritional status while monitoring her weight, dietary practices and any inadequacy in her food pattern. Teach her about the importance of eating balanced diet foods, with many green vegetables , as it helps in the good and healthy development for both mother and the baby
Tell her to avoid any overconsumption of alcohol or tobacco , as its consumption can harm both fetus and mother.
Tell her to include extra minerals and vitamins which can be very beneficial for the fetal development like vitamin B complex, can have good effect on the neural system of the fetus
Teach her to avoid any indulgence of sexual intercourse in the first trimester with the partner as it can harm the fetus and can possibly lead to miscarriage too, as the early trimester is very crucial for the development of important organs of the fetus and any external factor can potentially harm the fetus or disrupts the development
Teach her about maintaining the monogamy , as sexual intercourse with multiple partners can often lead to sexually transmitted disease. Teach her about various methods of absentism with the partner, and also the available methods of contraception for the near future
Teach her about the family
planning, as how much care needs to be given to a child in her later
years and also the fact that she needs to focus on her education as well
as be mentally and physically mature for her birth and upbringing of
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