The Effects of Unplanned Pregnancy

A nurse in the birthing room; mother and father with new baby in the background.

Taking into account the existing social and economic factors, women with an unplanned pregnancy are less likely to obtain prenatal care. This increases the risk of:

  • Babies with low birth weight.

  • A premature baby.   

  • A baby dying (infant mortality).

Children born from unplanned pregnancies often face a range of developmental risks. Data indicates that these children report poorer physical and mental health compared to children born as the result of an intended pregnancy.

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