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There are many types of pregnancy statistics. This article offers teen pregnancy statistics, fertility statistics, stats on pregnancy risks and complications, and some stats on abortion, miscarriage, still born births, and other pregnancy statistics.
Pregnancy statistics cannot predict what will happen in an individual woman’s pregnancy, but they create a picture of pregnancy in the United States.
There are 60 million women and girls of childbearing age (15 to 44) in the United States. About 70% of these women are sexually active, and 95% of those use some form of birth control. Pregnancy statistics show that each year about 6 million women and teens get pregnant. Half of these pregnancies are unplanned, meaning they were accidental or not the timing desired by the mother. About 4 million of these pregnancies result in live births. 2 million pregnancies are lost. Pregnancy statistics about those that are lost say:
Other pregnancy statistics in the US:
While some people choose not to have children, or have unplanned pregnancies, infertility can be heartbreaking for people who want children.
Pregnancy statistics for risks and complications during pregnancy
Some pregnancy risks and complications are the result of poor lifestyle choices or lack of information on the part of one or both parents, while others are natural risks associated with pregnancy.
Teen pregnancy statistics
About half a million babies are born to teen mothers every year, or more than 1 in 10 live births. Teens also account for slightly more than 1 in 10 pregnancies. The babies of teen mothers have increased risk for health problems, and, if raised by a single teen mother, poverty, neglect, and low educational attainment. Overall the number of teen pregnancies has been declining in recent years.
American Pregnancy Association, "Statistics" [online]
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Key Statistics from the National Survey of Family Growth" [online]
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Unitended Pregnancy Prevention: Home, "Unitended Prengany" [online]
Forum on Child and Family Statistics, Childstats.gov, "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well Being, 2009" [online]
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