The Pregnancy Epidemic

By Emily, age 21, Newfoundland
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

I don't know if anyone else has noticed, but does it seem like unplanned teenage pregnancies are all the rage these days? I'm starting to feel a little left out here.

I come from a conservative Muslim background that usually demands that I would have already dropped out of school, gotten married, and at least become pregnant with my first child by the age of 21. But it seems that, as of late, the girls who come from the same background as me are the only ones not having babies these days.

The old high school that I went to are full of them. Young girls who got pregnant either while drunk or who just didn't bother using birth control. But it made me wonder...why is it that girls in high school are so eager to have children, while we criticize the generations before us for doing the same thing?

Personally, I've decided to wait until I'm at least 30 to have a child, if I have any at all. The reason is because not only am I in the middle of bettering myself with an education, but I'm also too selfish to take care of another human being. I also like my personal space which you don't get much of while you're housing a person in your womb for nine whole months. I just don't find it logically or financially feasible to be having children at this age, which brings me to another question: Why do smart, independent girls my age keep the babies? This is the age of technology. We have options.

I've heard some rumours in my school about girls having babies to trap their boyfriends into staying with them, which, in my opinion, is not smart either. Because if he wants to leave, chances are, he's going to leave. Or he's going to be a deadbeat dad. Other girls simply don't believe in abortion or live in an isolated community where abortion clinics are non-existent. And many girls say that they don't want their child to be in the hands of strangers for the rest of its life.

So what about prevention? Did anyone have that bright idea? While I realize that birth control, whether hormone or contraceptive, doesn't work the way it's supposed to for everyone, I just feel like there are too many ways to prevent a pregnancy in this day and age. Every time I have sex, I'm always very careful to put on a condom and always make sure that my birth control is "in" because I don't want babies.

But because of the way karma works, I will probably find out that I have become pregnant about one week after this article posts. And while I hope that doesn't happen, I also hope that the girls reading this article won't find out they're pregnant either.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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