Growing Up in Scotland is a large-scale longitudinal research project aimed at tracking the
lives of several cohorts of Scottish children from the early years, through childhood and beyond.
This document presents key findings on pregnancy and birth from the second birth cohort (BC2), surveyed for the first time during 2010/11 when children were aged 10 months. It considers specific indicators related to pregnancy and birth which are relevant to the Early Years Framework and the Early Years Collaborative. These include: mother’s supplement intake during pregnancy;
alcohol, smoking and drug use during pregnancy; and birth weight.
Where possible, comparisons were made with data on childcare use from families in the first birth cohort (BC1) collected during 2005/6 when the cohort child was also 10 months old.