MHLU - Health Status Resource

Figure 9.1: Percent of women who gave birth who reported having practiced healthy pregnancy-related behaviours

Middlesex-London, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010

Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System (RRFSS); Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • In 2010, 62.1% of Middlesex-London women who had given birth had reported having visited a health care provider to help plan for a healthy pregnancy. This represents a 1.7 fold increase compared to 2001.
  • About nine out of every 10 pregnant women in Middlesex-London reported having prenatal care from a health care provider during the first trimester (3 months) of their pregnancy. This did not appear to change significantly from 2001 to 2010.
  • In 2010, almost two-thirds of Middlesex-London women who had given birth reported taking a vitamin supplement containing folic acid within 12 months before getting pregnant. The rate has increased somewhat since 2001, however, this is not statistically significant.  
  • About one in five (19.6%) of Middlesex-Londoners who gave birth in 2008 were estimated to have smoked at some point during their pregnancy, according to the BORN perinatal information system (data not shown). The rate for Middlesex-London is higher than for southwestern Ontario (18.6%) and Ontario (12.4%). The data for Ontario in particular, however, is of lower quality due to missing responses (data not shown).