Prenatal care began in the first trimester in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

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 2018, the national rate of receiving prenatal care in the first trimester was 77.5%.(Source: March of Dimes) 
In terms of state trends, the 2019 rate of women receiving prenatal care in the first trimester of 90.1% was the highest rate since 2015. 

In 2019, the rates of receiving prenatal care in the first trimester varied between a high of 93.6% in Penobscot and 92.0% in both Hancock and Washington Counties compared to a low of 83.6% in Sagadahoc and 83.7% in Lincoln.
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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 December 2020