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balancing motherhood and the teen years can be extremely difficult. Many teen pregnancies
are not planned, so there is natural urgency for the teen mom to want to
participate in teen activities and even engage in risky behaviors such as
smoking or experimenting with drugs or drinking alcohol.
balance your pregnancy and motherhood with your former teen life. Part of you
wants to still hang out with your friends, stay up all night, go to the prom, and
chase boys, but another part of you knows that you’re now responsible for another
life. It can be extremely hard to miss out on things your peers are doing,
especially if you have a curiosity about getting drunk or high.
alcohol or use drugs for various reasons, whether that is to look cool, fit in
or just because they enjoy the feeling. Whatever that reason is, it could be
extremely dangerous for a new mom or pregnant teen to consume alcohol.
being a teen mom. Take for instance if you are breast feeding, alcohol can contaminate
breast milk which can be extremely harmful to the baby. Make sure you wait at
least 2 hours before breast feeding a baby if you’re going to consume alcohol.
There are also breast milk testing strips that can check for any traces of
alcohol that may still be left.
not knowing your limits. If you are new to drinking, it would not be wise to
consume shots quickly or mix alcohol with any form of prescription pills. Doing
so could end up in a possible overdose or cause you to become extremely ill.
Also, if at some point you black out, you will have no control over what
happens to you next. You could possibly be put in a car with someone who has
been drinking and plans to drive. All of these actions could put your life and
ultimately your child’s life in jeopardy.
your decisions to engage in these behaviors. It may seem innocent or fun but
think about the motherly functions you need to accomplish on a daily basis.
What if you’re drunk and fall over with your baby in your arms? What if you
baby needs is choking and your response skills are slowed down from being
highly intoxicated? Are any of these reasons worth it for a night of drinking?
You are now responsible for a child, it may be hard to deal with it at times,
but there are plenty of blogs or support communities that can help young
teenagers deal with pregnancy and raising their baby. Talk to your parents or a
responsible adult about some of the feelings and emotions you are currently
going through and if you make the choice to drink or try alcohol, do so in
currently writes for Saint Jude Retreats, which is an alternative to traditional alcohol treatment. As
well as writing for St. Jude’s, Melissa enjoys writing about topics that
include health and relationships.