Prenatal care began in the first trimester

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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 2017, the rates of receiving prenatal care in the first trimester varied between 92% (Penobscot and Aroostook)  and 85% (Sagadahoc and Somerset). In looking at the 5 year trend for the state of Maine, the rate of receiving early prenatal care has held steady at around 90%, though 2015 was the year with the highest rate at 91.3%
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