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Are You In The Unplanned Pregnancy Club?

Section: Pregnancy

If the baby in your tummy (or arms) wasn’t planned, you’re not alone

One in six pregnancies in Britain are unexpected, according to new research published today in The Lancet.

Of these, the majority of mums-to-be are single and between 20 and 34 years old, although over 20 per cent of pregnancies in women aged between 16 and 19 are unplanned.

In the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University College London and NatCen Social Research looked at the sexual activity of 5686 women of childbearing age.

They highlighted that generational differences and the fact we’re coupling up and becoming parents later could play a part in the stats.

‘Over the past 60 years, the time between the age at which we first have sex, when we move in with a partner and when we first have children has widened,’ says Professor Kaye Wellings, from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

‘Women may now spend about 30 years of their lives needing to avoid an unplanned pregnancy.’

Was your pregnancy a surprise? Let us know below.

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