Teenage Pregnant Parenting today is more difficult because teenager have lost the support they used to receive from the extended family. Teens who already are pregnant can improve their chances of having a healthy baby. Being a pregnant at a young age it is difficult on health, education and labor. Being a teenage is difficult to be pregnant. Some teens may need to change their life style to improve their chances of having a healthy baby. Eating unhealthy foods, smoking, drinking alcohol, and taking drugs can increase the risk that a baby will be born with health problems, such as low birth weight. Eating a nutritious and balanced diet helps the baby and you to be healthy. Smoking increases the risk for low birth weight, premature birth, pregnancy complications and SIDS. Alcohol and drug use limit fetal growth and can cause birth defects. Avoiding all prescription and over-the-counter drugs (including herbal preparations), unless recommended by a health care provider who is aware of the pregnancy. A baby born to a teenage mother is at higher risk than a baby born to an older mother for premature birth, low birth weight, other serious health problems, and death. With her education cut short, a teenage mother may lack job skills, making it hard for her to find and keep a job. A teenage mother may become financially dependent on her family or on public assistance. Teen mothers are more likely to live in poverty than women who delay childbearing. Some teenage mothers are more likely to drop out of school or don’t go to classes. A teenage mother is at greater risk than women over age 20 for pregnancy complications such as premature labor, anemia and high blood pressure. Premature labor is labor that occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy due to uterine contractions that cause the cervix (mouth of the uterus) to open earlier than normal. This can result in the birth of a premature baby.