The Health Implications of Child Marriage and Early Pregnancy

Published on October 25, 2023

According to UNICEF 2014, one in three child brides worldwide are from India. Child marriage is one of the most prevalent forms of violation of child rights. Often the girls from economically marginalized communities are married off at an early age to reduce the financial burden from the family.

The consequences of child marriage are far-reaching, particularly concerning the mental and physical health of those involved. Child brides often face depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder due to the emotional and psychological stress they experience. Marrying girls early often leads to early pregnancy, compounding the health risks faced. Early pregnancies can lead to a higher likelihood of complications, including high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, and anemia, as young girls' bodies are not fully developed for pregnancy. They are more likely to experience health problems during pregnancy and childbirth. These include complications like premature birth, low birth weight, and an increased risk of maternal mortality.

We at CRY UK are taking a stand against child marriage and early pregnancy, working to create a world where children can grow up without the specter of these harmful practices. We educate the communities about the consequences of child marriage and early pregnancy, highlighting the long-term damage it inflicts on children's health and well-being. We also provide support to vulnerable children and families, offering them access to healthcare, education, and resources that can help break the cycle of child marriage and early pregnancy. It is crucial to raise awareness, provide support, and advocate for change. To truly ensure a healthy and prosperous world, we must put an end to child marriage and early pregnancy, empowering children to realize their full potential. Donate to CRY UK today!