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New study: New mums older, less likely to smoke, and weigh more, compared to 1973

New first-time mothers in Sweden are older, smoke less, are more likely to have had a Caesarean section, leave hospital earlier, and weigh more today than they did forty years ago, according to a new study by the National Board of Health and Welfare.

They are on average four years older than in 1973, according to the statistics. New mums in Stockholm are on average 30 years old when they have their first child, in Gävleborg, just north of Stockholm, they are 26.

The percentage of teen pregnancies has plummeted from 15 to three percent.

The number of new mums giving birth through caesarean sections has gone up, from five percent in 1973 to 18 percent today.

On average women spend just two days in hospital after their first child, compared with six days forty years ago.

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