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Prenatal Care Declining In Washington

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Washington, - Prenatal care in the state of Washington is declining faster than health experts expected.

Officials say they're concerned that more and more women are not taking care of themselves during pregnancy.

According to the Department of Social and Health Services, Washington's average is showing 78% of women receive prenatal care during the first trimester, the rest waite until the second or third trimester, with 5% of pregnant women getting little to no prenatal care before giving birth.

Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties are all below the state's average.  In Yakima county 75% of women receive prenatal care in the first trimester, 72% in Benton County, and only 64% in Franklin County.

"Women are not entering prenatal care until the second trimester or the second 3 months of the pregnancy in higher numbers than we'd like to see," said Sandra Owen with the Benton Franklin Health District.

Kittitas county showing some of the highest numbers in Washington showing 88% of women are receiving prenatal care in the first trimester.