10 Year Old Gives Birth: What Isn't Wrong With This Picture?

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pregnantStop fretting over election results. Prepare for the worst sentence you'll read this week: a 10-year-old girl gave birth to a baby in Spain this week.

Yes, a baby had a baby.

In a world where 30-year-old women with good jobs, spouses, and a 401K can't seem to get pregnant, these stories of young kids in untenable situations rankle. They're not good news ... for anyone.

That this girl wasn't raped -- the father was another underage child -- only softens the blow slightly. But tipping the scales back in the other direction is news that pregnancies among kids are fairly common in her native Romania, and her family was seemingly OK with the pregnancy.

Kids should not be having kids. It isn't just about who will support the child, who will care for the child, or even how they can handle this mentally.

There is a physicality to getting pregnant that we grown women can't handle in certain situations. Women with kidney conditions, endometriosis, heart disease, certain cancers, and a host of other conditions are often told not to even try getting pregnant because it could put a strain on their body. Sure, sometimes we do it anyway, but we know exactly what we're getting into.

So what happens when a child gets pregnant? They're putting themselves at the biggest risk of all. According to the March of Dimes, the death rate from pregnancy complications is significantly higher for girls who are pregnant under the age of 15 than among older teenagers. The teens are likewise at higher risk for high blood pressure and anemia, and with her bones still developing, she puts herself at higher risk for osteoporosis down the line.

The risks are increased for the baby too. There are higher incidences of central nervous system, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal/integumental anomalies in the fetuses of a pregnant teen than a woman 20 to 34. Teens are more likely to give birth prematurely, and more likely to produce a low-birthweight baby.

The 10-year-old in Spain somehow managed to produce a 6-pound, 4-ounce baby, who reports say are healthy. But there's no doubt her life is changed forever.

 

Image via daquella manera/Flickr


complications, infertility, pregnancy health

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Scout... ScoutsHonorHMR

Awful!  that poor girl!  And that poor baby!


 


~Scout

sunni... sunni.sandieggo

how sad for this ten yr old girl.... I had my son at 20, twice her age, and i still struggle to cope with the reality of our situation, i cant imagine how this girl may, or will feel.

RanaA... RanaAurora

That's just awful. I hadn't even started my period until I was 14, and I certainly was not mature enough to be a mother.

Smile... SmileyMoo

that's completely scary and shameful.

mmtos... mmtosam06

thats sad i was 10 when i got my 1st period

Kittt... Kittty_Katt

diffren countries do things diffrently not condoneing but not judgeing ..

angel... angelluvgoddess

I started my period when I was 8.. but didnt have sex til I was 18 and didnt get pregnant til I was 19....thats just so sad

clovi... clovismommy25

OMG! I was 11 when I got my first period! I was a teen mom, at 17. That is NUTS to even think about having sex at 10, let alone having a child!

nicks... nicksmom604

I think anyone under 18 is too young to be pregnant, considering I didn't have my first of two kids until I was 34, but a little girl at 10 being pregnant? Wow! She'll probably end up having a dozen kids. That's too bad, & sad for her.

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