Teen Moms More Likely to Have Preterm Baby

CORK, Ireland, July 9 (UPI) — Teen mothers are at higher risk for a preterm birth and a child with low birth weight, especially if it is her second child, researchers in Ireland say.

Ali Khashan of the University College Cork and a team of researchers analyzed data of all 14-to-29-year-old women who had a live baby in the northwest of England from January 2004 to December 2006.

The researchers said 3,636 women were ages 14-17 at the time of birth, 7,506 ages 18-19 and 45,211 ages 20-29.

Khashan says the rates of teen pregnancy increased with increased poverty and more than one-third of the teen mothers came from the most socially deprived areas. In the study, the teen mothers were more likely to be underweight and white.

“It is possible that the increased risk of poor pregnancy outcome is related to biological immaturity,” Khashan says in a statement.

“It is also possible that the increased risk of poor pregnancy outcome in the second teenage pregnancy is related to numerous complicating factors such as greater social deprivation and less prenatal care.”

The study is published in the journal Pregnancy and Childbirth.

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