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Learn some interesting facts about mothers in Thailand

© UNICEF Thailand/2008/Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, 6 August 2012 - This Mother's Day, UNICEF is joining the people in Thailand to pay tribute to mothers for their timeless contributions towards raising the next generation. Here are some interesting facts about mothers in Thailand.

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• In Thailand, 1 out of 10 babies born from mothers aged below 20. About 1 in 5 of the babies born from unplanned pregnancy. Babies born from teen mothers usually have nearly three times less weights than babies born from mothers aged 20-34

• In Thailand, an average of 1-2 women died from giving birth each day. Many mothers and children are seriously ill or become disable due to preventable causes

• The most appropriate age for pregnancy is between 20-35 years old. A woman should not become pregnant more than four times

• In Thailand which has the lowest breastfeeding rate in Asia and one of the lowest in the world, only 5.4 per cent of babies are exclusively breastfed during the first six months of life. The low breastfeeding rates are the result of both economic developments enabling more women to enter the workforce, as well as aggressive marketing of infant formula

•  About 60-70 per cent of pregnant women are receiving sub-optimal levels of iodine, which can result in neo-natal brain damage.  This can hinder the development of their foetuses, and can result in miscarriages, stillbirths and other complications.



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