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Pregnancy and Before

Pregnancy and Before

Reproductive health focuses on the years prior to conception as well as pregnancy and the early postpartum period. Understanding local reproductive health data can assist in planning for the supports women and their families need during this time. Reproductive health information can also contribute to improved local decision making and the establishment of healthy practices and policies for parents and infants.

For more information on pregnancy and related support programs, please visit the health unit's website on pregnancy.

These HealthSTATS pages contain data on health during pregnancy, birth and fertility, pregnancy outcomesbreastfeeding and parental characteristics in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka.  Provincial comparisons are made where data are available.  

Highlights include:

  • In 2016, there were 5,343 babies to residents of Simcoe Muskoka, a 4.9% increase over 2015
  • The average age of first time mothers in Simcoe Muskoka was 27.6 years old in 2011
  • In 2016 in Simcoe Muskoka, 32.7% (31.4%, 34.0%) of recent mothers took a folic acid supplement before their last pregnancy, first time mothers were more likely to report pre-pregnancy supplementation compared to women who had given birth previously
  • In 2016, fewer than half (48.7% (47.3%, 50.1%)) of Simcoe Muskoka mothers began their pregnancy with a BMI within the normal range, lower than the provincial rate
  • Smoking at the time of birth was reported by 11.9% (11.1%, 12.9%) of recent mothers in 2016, most commonly among younger mothers
  • In 2016, 185 (3.6%) new mothers in Simcoe Muskoka reported using one or more drugs during pregnancy
  • 166 (3.2%) new mothers in Simcoe Muskoka reported some level of alcohol consumption during their pregnancy, a majority of these mothers reported alcohol consumption occurred before they knew they were pregnant
  • Just under one quarter (23.7%) of Simcoe Muskoka women who gave birth in 2016 reported mental health concerns during their pregnancy, most commonly anxiety and depression.