A look at pregnancy risk behaviors in 19 states

Source: Monitoring Progress Toward Achieving Maternal and Infant Healthy People 2010 Objectives — 19 States, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), 2000–2003. U.S. Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report: Surveillance Summaries, vol. 55 no. SS9, Oct. 6, 2006

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is an ongoing, state- and population-based surveillance system designed to monitor selected maternal behaviors and experiences that occur before, during, and after pregnancy among women who deliver live-born infants.

This report summarizes data for 2000–2003 from 19 states (including Colorado) and looks at 8 perinatal indicators, including cigarette smoking during pregnancy, smoking cessation and drinking alcohol during pregnancy.

A factoid of interest: Colorado ranks the lowest among the 19 states for the prevalence of abstinence from alcohol during the last 3 months of pregnancy (91.3% abstention rate).