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Is it normal to want to get pregnant at 16?

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It isn't abnormal for teenagers to want babies, as three out of 10 teen girls in the United States become pregnant before the age of 20, states National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. However, it's important to know the facts about being a teen parent, the organization suggests.

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About 25 percent of teen moms give birth to another baby within 24 months of the first baby as of 2015, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. This can cause delays in finishing high school, going to college or getting and keeping a job. Less than 50 percent of teen mothers graduate from high school, and only 2 percent attain a college degree before the age of 30. Teen mothers also score lower on performance tests and are 50 percent more likely to repeat a grade in high school.

Some teens have a baby in order to make a boyfriend stay in a relationship, but only two of 10 fathers marry the teenage mothers of their children, states the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. A majority of the unmarried fathers cannot afford to pay child support. More than 50 percent of mothers on welfare had their first child as teenagers. The sons of teen mothers are twice more likely to go to prison, and the daughters of teen mothers are three times more likely to become teen mothers as the general population.

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