Unplanned or unwanted pregnancy

Unplanned or unwanted pregnancy

Unplanned or unwanted pregnancies are associated with an increased risk of antenatal anxiety or depression (101). Although most unplanned pregnancies continuing to term have positive outcomes, some have adverse effects on the health of parents, infants and children into later life (100).

Figure 16: Health impacts of unplanned or ambivalent pregnancies. Image source: Public Health England

Local population

45% of pregnancies and 1 in 3 births in England are unplanned or associated with feelings of ambivalence (100). There is no local data on levels on unplanned or ambivalent pregnancies.


  1. Public Health England. Health matters: reproductive health and pregnancy planning [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2023 Feb 23]. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-matters-reproductive-health-and-pregnancy-planning/health-matters-reproductive-health-and-pregnancy-planning
  2. Biaggi A, Conroy S, Pawlby S, Pariante CM. Identifying the women at risk of antenatal anxiety and depression: A systematic review. Vol. 191, Journal of Affective Disorders. 2016.