Teenagers 'risk premature babies'
Teenagers are more likely to give birth prematurely and have a smaller baby than women in their 20s, research suggested.
Early birth risk is more pronounced if 14 to 17-year-olds have a second child, the study found.
research team, which monitored 50,000 women in north-west England over a
two-year period, is calling for better sex education and contraception.
It monitored 3,636 mothers between 14 and 17 at the time of birth, 7,506 aged 18 or 19, and 45,211 who were between 20 and 29.
aged under 17 were found to be 21% more likely to have a premature baby
with their first pregnancy, and 93% more likely to have their second