Teenagers ‘risk premature babies’

| 09/07/2010

(BBC): Pregnant teenagers are more likely to give birth prematurely and have a small baby than women in their 20s, says an Irish research team. Fourteen to 17-year-olds were also more likely to give birth early if they were having a second child, a study of more than 50,000 women in England found. The findings, reported in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, highlighted the importance of routine medical checks. The team said more studies were needed to find out why the young were at risk. The study included all women aged between 14 and 29 who had given birth in north-west England over a two-year period.

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