Pregnant! What Can I Do?

A Guide for Teenagers


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About the Book

Each year in the United States, just under a million teenage girls become pregnant. Approximately three-quarters of these pregnancies are unintended, and more than a quarter of them end in abortion. A small percentage of teen parents choose adoption. This work serves as a guide for the pregnant teenager in getting help, making the right choices, and building a better future. It provides in-depth discussion of the three choices—adoption, parenting, and abortion—available to pregnant teenagers and presents interviews with teens who chose each of these options. This work also provides information for teenage girls about discovering that they are pregnant, the thought processes and reactions they may have, what they can do, where they can go for help, what they can do to take control of their situation, the role of their child’s father, and the prevention of unwanted pregnancies. A listing of numerous resources for pregnant teens is also included.

About the Author(s)

Tania Heller, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and the medical director of the Washington Center for Eating Disorders and Adolescent Obesity in Bethesda, Maryland She is the author of four other books.

Bibliographic Details

Tania Heller, M.D.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 150
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1169-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8081-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface     1

Introduction     3

1 What’s the problem?     5

2 How could it happen to me?     10

3 Taking control     15

4 Parrenting     22

5 Adoption     44

6 What to expect during pregnancy, labor and delivery     60

7 Abortion     73

8 Don’t forget the fathers!     88

9 Prevention and contraception     95

10 Sexually transmitted diseases   114

11 Conclusion    124

Appendix A: Pregnancy Action Plan     127

Appendix B: Resources    131

References     137

Index     141

Book Reviews & Awards

“easy to read and reassuring…straightforward, warm and can-do approach”—School Library Journal; “a solid book”—VOYA.