Younger teen moms are more prone to premature birth, study finds

Younger teenage mothers were at an increased risk of giving birth prematurely or having underweight babies compared with older teenagers, an Irish study found. Researchers also noted that 25% of teenage mothers get pregnant again before age 20 and the risk of premature birth was greater in second pregnancies. "It is possible that the increased risk of poor pregnancy outcome is related to biological immaturity," the lead researcher said.

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