New Mexico Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System

(505) 476-8895 nm.prams@state.nm.us

Family Planning: Teen Pregnancy

Teen Pregnancy

Health risks for pregnant teens include poor preconceptional habits, inadequate prenatal care and giving birth to premature and low birth weight infants. Teen pregnancies and births are also expensive. In the United States, they are associated with at least $7 billion annually. In addition to increased costs for prenatal care and delivery, there are long-term public expenditures related to teenage childbearing.

New Mexico Statistics:

Abstinence
Folic Acid
56%
Adolescents who report they had never had sex.
15%
15-17 year olds that take daily multivitamin before conception.
Alcohol Use
Abuse
17%
15-17 year olds that drink heavily before becoming pregnant.
9%
15-17 year olds that experience physical abuse by a partner before pregnancy.

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