Teenage mothers (% of women ages 15-19 who have had children or are currently pregnant)

Definition: Teenage mothers are the percentage of women ages 15-19 who already have children or are currently pregnant.

Description: The map below shows how Teenage mothers (% of women ages 15-19 who have had children or are currently pregnant) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Angola, with a value of 42.50. The country with the lowest value in the world is Albania, with a value of 2.80.

Source: Demographic and Health Surveys.

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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Development Relevance: Having a child during the teenage years limits girls' opportunities for better education, jobs, and income. Pregnancy is more likely to be unintended during the teenage years, and births are more likely to be premature and are associated with greater risks of complications during delivery and of death. In many countries maternal mortality is a leading cause of death among women of reproductive age, although most of those deaths are preventable. Worldwide, one in five girls has given birth by the age of 18. In the poorest regions of the world, this figure rises to over one in three girls. Infants of adolescent mothers are also more likely to have low birth weight, which can have a long-term impact on their health and development. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among girls aged 15-19 years in many low- and middle-income countries.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Teenage pregnancy is pregnancy in a female under the age of 20 (when the pregnancy ends). The age of the mother is determined by the date when the pregnancy ends. Consequently, the statistics do not include women who became pregnant at least shortly before their 20th birthdays, but who gave birth, experienced a miscarriage, or had a voluntary abortion on or after their 20th birthdays.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual