Last Updated: November 2020
Author: Vermont Department of Health
The proportion of women reporting first trimester prenatal care remains steady at 85% as measured on the birth certificate.
Pregnancy is a critical time for laying the groundwork for a healthy life. Starting prenatal care and getting regular checkups with a health care provider as soon as possible is vital to ensuring a healthy pregnancy and baby. If a pregnant person needs help finding a health care provider, the Local Health Office and the WIC Program can provide assistance.
This can also be a critical time to prevent problems, such as premature birth, and address certain risk factors, such as tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use, as well as other substances, identify possible signs of depression and anxiety, and connect families to important resources during pregnancy and for new parents. This is also a time to start thinking about how to feed your baby. For most babies, breastfeeding is the healthiest choice. In addition, breastfed babies are healthier and are less likely to have allergies, colds, ear infections, diarrhea, and some other sicknesses. Talking to a health care provider or a WIC nutritionist about breastfeeding can happen during this prenatal period. Many resources are available during pregnancy.