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New pregnancy health resource for teenagers

Baby charity, Tommy's has just launched a Young Woman's Guide to Pregnancy, written and designed to meet the pregnancy health information needs of women under the age of 20.

The guide has been published in response to research conducted with young mothers, which showed that teenagers want indepth pregnancy health information presented in a book format. It has been developed in partnership with young pregnant women and with the frontline health professionals who work with them.

The book includes pregnancy experiences of teenage mothers and covers key pregnancy health issues including: what to eat; exercise; smoking cessation; alcohol and drug use; sexual health; relationships and antenatal care.

The information contained in the guide is evidence-based and has been developed with extensive support from an editorial board of health professionals and medical specialists.

Tommy's research midwife, Annette Briley says:

"Teenagers are at greater risk of delivering growth restricted and low birth weight babies and they also suffer from a significantly higher stillbirth rate. These pregnancy outcomes have been linked to behavioural factors such as diet and smoking during pregnancy.

"Tommy's new guide, which has been developed with young mothers, offers strategies and tips to assist young women in making informed health choices during pregnancy and aims to help them to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby'."

The Young Woman's Guide to Pregnancy has been part funded by a grant from the Department of Health. Copies are available by telephoning Tommy's on 08707 70 70 70 or by emailing

Tommy's can send frontline professionals who work directly with young pregnant women up to 10 copies of the Young Woman's Guide to Pregnancy free of charge.