Statistics about pregnancy loss

Statistics about pregnancy loss and complications in the UK

Statistics about pregnancy loss and premature birth in 2017

Tommy's believes every baby deserves the best start in life and we are committed to funding medical research and providing information to help more mums and dads through a healthy pregnancy and birth.

  • Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK.
  • In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss during pregnancy or birth.

Key statistics about pregnancy and loss in the UK in 2017

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  1. NICE (2012) Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage: diagnosis and initial management Clinical guideline 154 Published: 12 December 2012 
  2. ONS (2018) Vital statistics in the UK: births, deaths and marriages - 2018 update, Office of National Statistics, London, England,
  3. RCOG (2011) Acute gynaecology and early pregnancy 2011, RCOG Press; 2011.p.11-22, Royal College of Gynaecologists, London, England
  4. WHO (2012) Country data and rankings for preterm birth 2012, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland,
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Statistics by topic

  • 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage

    Miscarriage statistics

    Statistics about early miscarriage, late miscarriage, recurrent miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

  • Stillbirth statistics

    Statistics about stillbirth

    1 in every 225 births ends in a stillbirth in the UK. That's 9 babies every day.

  • Pre-term birth statistics

    Premature birth statistics

    A preterm birth is one that happens before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Globally, more than 1 in 10 pregnancies will end in preterm birth.

  • pre-eclampsia-stats

    Pre-eclampsia statistics

    Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy (from around 20 weeks) or soon after their baby is delivered.

Read more about our work

  • Three pregnant women sitting in a row

    Research into health and wellbeing in pregnancy

    In addition to our core work on miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth and pre-eclampsia, Tommy’s also funds projects that research the effects of lifestyle and well-being on pregnancy and on the later life of the child.

  • Team of researchers

    Research into stillbirth

    When a baby dies after 24 weeks of gestation, it is called a stillbirth. Around 3,500 families a year get the devastating news that their baby is not alive. Our research is helping to change this.

  • Nurse monitoring premature baby in hospital

    Research into premature birth

    Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK. These babies are vulnerable – they are born before they have grown to cope with the outside world. Tommy’s is saving lives by researching how we can prevent premature births by finding those at risk early on.

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