Teen mums, pastors champion contraceptives to curb unplanned pregnancies - 7 months ago, 11 July 13:10
The hardest decision that 20-year-old Mercy Muthoni ever had to make was whether to keep her pregnancy after she learnt she had conceived at the age of 17. She was in form three at the time at Akiba Mixed Secondary School in Kangemi, Nairobi.
“It was during the school holidays, during the third term, that I fell pregnant. I was involved with a boy from our school who was a newcomer. But I knew him from home; we lived around the same area”.
Mercy did not suspect anything was amiss when she missed her period in December 2015.
“I had previously experienced painful menses and sometimes I had to visit health centres. I thought my cycle was acting up as usual”.
Schools opened in January 2016 and Mercy and her boyfriend joined Form Four. However, Mercy was lethargic and felt sickly all the time. That is when she suspected she ...
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