When a child is from unintended pregnancy, s/he is more likely to have depression syndrome in early adult years.
This is the finding of a new study published in Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
Researchers from University at Buffalo showed that mother’s socioeconomic background and lack of access to resources and services play big roles in this association.
Although this is causal relationship, it is important to know that unintended childbearing can have long-time effects on children’s health.
Currently in the US there are 33% of births are unintended, a very high figure compared to other developed countries. Thus, it is important to examine the causes and consequences.
In addition, people in disadvantaged populations are much more likely to have unintended pregnancies. Therefore, understanding this as a social problem is critical to understand the overall social inequality.
In unintended childbearing, mothers are less likely to get timely prenatal care and they may have poor parent-child relationships.
Their children generally have poorer health and development than children from intended pregnancies.
In the current study, the researchers used intergenerational data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.
This database started reporting in the late 1970s and contains. information on the mother’s background before she had children.
This information can be important to estimate the parent-child relationship in childhood and early adulthood.
The researchers suggest that even though the causal link isn’t there, being the child of an unintended pregnancy still makes a difference.
How to deal with unintended pregnancy:
Give yourself more time. It is ok if you don’t want to be pregnant and have a baby right away. It is a lot to take in and it does change your life forever. You need to give yourself a break to accept the fact.
Focus on the positives. In the midst of an unplanned pregnancy, fear and misgivings can threaten to completely overwhelm you and your thoughts.
You should try to name a few positives, such as watching a new baby grow, the joy it will bring to your family, and how nice it will be for our kids to grow up close in age.
Surround yourself with support. The issue of unplanned pregnancy is not one that you have to face alone. Many women face unplanned pregnancy, and you can try to connect with them by knowing their stories and feelings. You will feel relieved and supported.
Don’t give up your own dreams. Your life will change with child, but there is simply no reason that you can’t still lead the life you dreamed about.
Try to find resources. If you are a young mom, or in school, look for resources that will help you to succeed as both a parent and a professional.