Effects of early pregnancy
During delivery, the vagina of an adult woman expands to ten to twelve centimetres in diameter, in order for the head of the baby to pass through.
Young girls, however, may have a lot of problems when giving birth, because their sexual organs are still small and are not strong enough for bearing children.
Frequently, girls face prolonged labour, because their pelvic bones are too narrow for the baby to pass through easily and quickly. Sometimes, surgery is needed for the baby to be born.
Girls who are not attended to by a trained person who can appropriately
react to the condition of the girl and the child during delivery, often get permanent disabilities. These include injuries to the urinary canal and/ or anal canal. Such injuries prevent the woman from controlling urine and stools, and often it just drips out of the vagina or anus. In other cases, the girls and their unborn children die, because they are not attended to by a sufficiently skilled person during delivery.