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underage pregnancy

i am currently 15 and i am pregnant! i am still attending school at the moment and my family know that i am pregnant. I am in a relationship with a 21 year old and he is the father of my child. I am keeping the child. At first my mum and dad was shocked but they came around it and said that they would help me. The 21 year old i am with is a family friend. My mum and dad know him alot and they are fine with it that he is the dad. I was just woundering can my lad get into trouble even though none of us want to get him done.
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If your in the U.S. and your parents don't want to pursue anything legal about the matter then you'll be fine. I was pregnant at 16 with a guy who was 20 and that's how I found out about the legal matters that goes alone with being pregnant while a minor. I don't know how international laws work but thats how it is here. Congrats on your pregnancy and take good care of yourself the baby really needs it ;))
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yes he can. that is called statutory rape. whether it's "consentual" or not. since you're a minor you can not consent to sex with an adult. (someone over 21) at least that's in the states. i don't know where you're from so...you'll have to look up the laws. if someone gets mad at you or him they can cause a world of trouble for you.
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If your in the U.S. and your parents don't want to pursue anything legal about the matter then you'll be fine. I was pregnant at 16 with a guy who was 20 and that's how I found out about the legal matters that goes alone with being pregnant while a minor. I don't know how international laws work but thats how it is here. Congrats on your pregnancy and take good care of yourself the baby really needs it ;))
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i live in the united kingdom Derby i dont no if he will get into trouble i have already looked it up but it just dont seem to be coming up weather or not if he will get done thanks Niquea3 :) x
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Then don't stress yourself out about it love. If all parties are consenting and the families are okay with it then focus all your energy on making this pregnancy a healthy and happy one. You'll both be just fine. What are you hoping for boy/girl? I already have two boys so it would be nice to have pink around instead of blue ;-p
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thanks for the help hun really kind of you
i dont mind what i have really as well as its healthy i guess
Aww bless you, you wanting anymore kids then? x
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I'm 15 aswell and I was wondering what it's like to be pregnant at this age. There is more of a chance that I AM pregnant, then NOT being pregnant... And everyone keeps telling me it will be horrible and I need an abortion...
Also, good luck:D
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pregnancy is a LOT harder on teenagers.

    * Teenage mothers are less likely to gain adequate weight during their pregnancy, leading to low birthweight. Low birthweight is associated with several infant and childhood disorders and a higher rate of infant mortality. Low-birthweight babies are more likely to have organs that are not fully developed, which can result in complications, such as bleeding in the brain, respiratory distress syndrome, and intestinal problems.

    * Teenage mothers have a higher rate of poor eating habits than older women and are less likely to take recommended daily prenatal multivitamins to maintain adequate nutrition during pregnancy. Teens also are more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or take drugs during pregnancy, which can cause health problems for the baby.

    * Teenage mothers receive regular prenatal care less often than older women. Prenatal care is essential for monitoring the growth of the fetus and the health of the mother. During prenatal care, medical professionals provide important information about good nutrition and about other ways to ensure a healthy pregnancy. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), babies born to women who do not have regular prenatal care are 4 times more likely to die before the age of 1 year.

Pregnancy and birth can put a tremendous strain on a teenager's body. If bone structure is not fully developed, she takes the risk of injuring her spine and pelvic bones, altering her life forever. It is also well known that the irresponsible behaviors some teens
exhibit may put them at risk for sexually transmitted diseases. These diseases can be easily spread to an unborn baby. If untreated, disasterous consequences can occur

that's some information i could find.

you don't NEED an abortion. plenty of teenagers have gone on to have healthy babies. if you don't want a baby adoption is a great option. there are TONS of families who would love a baby that can't themselves. 2 very good friends of mine adopted a 14 year old's son and have been raising him since the day he was born. he's now a very healthy, happy 3 year old and so incredibly adorable. and you know my friends love him as if they had given birth to him themselves.
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well if your pregnant then congrats darling. Dont listen to anyone it ok to be pregnant.It just the same as any women would feel darling it fine. Well if you are pregnant then it your choise in what you do. No one can make you do anything.
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Congrats to all :) what i have always thought is that its your body.. only you knwo whats best and right for you. dont let anyone tell you what to do because you dont want to regret any decision you make. People can advise you on what to do but it at times can be what they would do if they was you. trust me babe dont make the wring decision. i dont think it matters what age you are as long as you are old enough to knw what you are doing. i got pregnant at 17 and sadly lost it.. i didnt even get a change to make a choice and nw al i wish is that my baby would be here... good luck!!!!! xxx
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I am a 17 year old mother and while I had a better pregnancy than most people, it is exhausting, you get so sick of it by the end, and I haven't slept for more than 10 hours in the past year. I am still going to college and graduating at the top 10% of my class, but I've had to work myself 10 times as hard as everyone around me. I am still with my boyfriend but the relationship is much more stressful, and you literally have to sacrifice everything for your family. Having a family is wonderful when the time is right. Media sometimes even glamorizes teen pregnancy but the truth is, you have to work harder than everyone else to reach the same goals. Wait til you have some experience with college and a job because having a baby too early can put all of your goals off.
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I am a 15 year old freshman in the United States and I have many symptoms of being pregnant I don't know how to tell my parents if I am I am still attending school and my baby daddy is 18 he is in school with me my parents are the type to get really angry easily my boyfriend don't believe in abortions or adoptions neather do I, I am going to keep this baby I'm just scared my mom will try and take it or something...
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