Risk FactorsHaving an unintended pregnancy can contribute to short inter-pregnancy spacing, the timing between a live birth and the next pregnancy, which increases the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, and small for gestational age infants. Research has shown that short intervals (less than 18 months) and long intervals (60+ months) were associated with a higher risk of negative health outcomes for mothers and babies.
In 2019, 25.7% of Utah mothers did not wait the recommended 18 months to become pregnant after their last birth.
In addition, unintended pregnancy can contribute to an increase in the rate of abortions and late entry into prenatal care. Women with inadequate care due to late entry are more likely to deliver a low birth weight baby.