Prenatal care began in the first trimester in Maine

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Having a healthy pregnancy is one of the best ways to promote a healthy birth. Getting early and regular prenatal care improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy. Having prenatal care begin in the first trimester also reduces the likelihood of having a low birth weight baby. Much of the development of fetuses occurs during the first trimester and the fetus is the most susceptible to damage from alcohol, drugs, certain medications, and illnesses in the first trimester. For more information see: Office of Women's Health-Pregnancy

What the data shows
In terms of state trends, the rate of women receiving prenatal care in the first trimester exceeded 90% in just two years, 2014 & 2015. All the other years since 1997, the rate has varied little with a low of 86.8% in 2008 and 89% for 2016,2017 & 2018.

In 2018, the rates of receiving prenatal care in the first trimester varied between a high of 94.0% in Penobscot and 92.9% in Hancock   and  a low of 78.3% in Sagadahoc and 84.6% in Androscoggin.
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Definitions: The number and percent of live births for which the mother began receiving prenatal care during the first three months of pregnancy. The numerator is the number of mothers that had prenatal care in the first trimester and the denominator is the number of live births.

Data Source: Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics.

Footnotes: NA=Not available
Includes only live births.

Updated October 2019