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Risk Factors for Births from unintended pregnancies

Risk Factors

Having 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. 2021 birth data finds 33% of Utah mothers became pregnant less than 18 months after their last birth.

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Content updated: Tue, 24 Jan 2023 15:44:29 MST