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Poor pregnant teens at risk of pre-term birth

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(KWWL) -- Underprivileged pregnant teenagers are at risk for giving birth early, and to low birth weight babies.

Researchers in Ireland analyzed data on young mothers, and found women who gave birth during the teen years were more likely to have a preemie. The risk was greatest for younger teens and those in their second pregnancies.

Researchers attribute the early deliveries to a lack of prenatal care. They say a first pregnancy is often the only time a pregnant teen sees a doctor.

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