Pregnancy Rates Are Lower Than Ever

Pregnancy rates for women who live in the U.S. have never been lower than they are right now, according to new data. But there is some good news if you are pregnant.

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You might be feeling like everyone around you is pregnant but the truth is, pregnancy rates are at an all time low right now. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recent data shows that pregnancy rates in the U.S. have never been lower.

This news definitely sounds a bit extreme but it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone. For one thing, rates have been going down for some time now. According to the study, dropping pregnancy rates from 2007 to 2013 have been well documented.

In 2010, the number of pregnancies had fallen 15 percent below the rate's peak, which came in 1990. We're looking so closely at data from 2010, which include pregnancy outcomes like abortion and fetal loss, because those numbers are the latest available despite the fact that the study was released in December 2015.

But overall pregnancy rates aren't the only numbers that are going down. This data indicates that abortion rates are at a record low and researchers found pregnancy rates were lower in women under 30—there was an especially significant drop in rates of pregnancy seen in teenage subgroups, with a whopping 67 percent reduction seen in girls under 14 years of age and a 50 percent drop in teens aged 15-19.

Here's how the numbers break down by age: The study found pregnancy rates highest in women aged 25-29, followed by women aged 20-24. They might have been the age groups most represented in recent years, but numbers for these two age groups are also down 12 and 27 percent, respectively. Rates in 2010 were highest for non-Hispanic black women and lowest in non-Hispanic white women.

The study also mentions that while it looked at all instances of pregnancy—including those that don't result in birth—births represent the majority of the cases, comprising almost two-thirds of the pregnancies examined, which is good news for all pregnant women worrying their way through their first trimester.

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