Adolescent pregnancy: Health consequences

  • Early pregnancies among adolescents have major health consequences for adolescent mothers and their babies
  • Pregnancy and childbirth complications are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15–19 years globally
  • Low- and middle-income countries account for 99% of global maternal deaths of women aged 15–49 years
  • Adolescent mothers aged 10–19 years face higher risks of eclampsia, puerperal endometritis and systemic infections
  • Some 3.9 million unsafe abortions among girls aged 15–19 years occur each year, contributing to maternal mortality, morbidity and lasting health problems.
  • Early childbearing can increase risks for newborns as well as young mothers


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