Scope of teen pregnancy

Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) underline a decline in 2004 in the teenage birth rate in the US, with 41.2 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19 years [11]. Rates increased slightly in 2004 for girls aged 10-14 years [11]. These data are worrisome, as these young women are nearer to menarche, and still growing themselves, with increased nutritional needs. These very young women also have increased risk for maternal death [12]. The younger-aged group received the lowest rate of timely prenatal care, highest rates of late or no prenatal care, and was at highest risk of pregnancy-associated hypertension. Among the youngest cohort, pregnancy outcome was poor, e.g., infants were more likely to be preterm, to be born with low birth weight, and to die in their first year at a rate that was three times the overall rate of 15.4 per 1,000 [13].

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