Teenage pregnancies are a growing health concern, with the number of girls reporting being pregnant at an alarming rate, with more than a quarter of girls aged 16-19 reporting having a pregnancy.
The statistics are in line with the findings of a clinical trial of the Teenage Pregnancy Weight Gain Test which has shown the weight gain can be stopped.
“It is extremely worrying, but it is very early days and the findings have been so good, it is a very good step forward,” said Dr John Stoddart, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.
“So far the trial has shown that the weight of a baby is not a major predictor of the birth of a child.”
A baby born to a woman who is overweight has a higher risk of being overweight in later life.
“While the weight gained by a girl aged 15 or 16 is the highest, the weight lost by a woman aged 20 or 21 is the lowest.
Dr Stoddarts research found a woman in her late 20s who weighed between 110kg and 160kg would be at the highest risk of having a baby with a BMI of 18 or over.”
We think there is a much higher risk in middle age and older women,” he said.”
There is also a much greater risk for young girls who are at the very low end of the weight scale.
“The Teenage Weight Gain and Weight Loss Trial is looking at whether a woman’s weight is a major risk factor for pregnancy.”
This study has found that weight gain of the teenager is a risk factor of pregnancy, and that it is the weight which is a more important factor than any other risk factor,” he added.”
The study also shows that weight loss of the adolescent is also associated with a lower pregnancy rate.
“The research team have also found that adolescent pregnancy is a relatively low risk in women of all ages, with just 10% of pregnancies being unintended.”
When we looked at this, we thought it was a really big deal, but the results were so good that it was really exciting.””
It was quite a significant finding.”
When we looked at this, we thought it was a really big deal, but the results were so good that it was really exciting.
“Dr Stodart said the trial was designed to help to reduce the risk of pregnancy and the associated problems for pregnant women.
It is also the first clinical trial to look at the effects of weight loss on pregnancy outcomes.”
One of the reasons for this is that we have the weight loss therapy, and so it is also about weight loss,” he explained.”
If you are able and willing to do that, then you can actually reduce the pregnancy rate.
“I think that there are many different strategies that we can use, but weight loss is one that we could use.”
What this trial has done is to get us closer to that ideal.
“At this stage, we do not know whether it will help, but we are hoping that it will.”
Dr John Stodarts clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of New South Wales.