Maternal and Infant Health

100 Arkansas Moms: Pregnancy Risk Factors

April 4, 2024


Elizabeth (Izzy) Montgomery, MPA
Policy Analyst


ACHI Communications

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Arkansas’s maternal mortality rate is the highest in the nation. This infographic, part of our 100 Arkansans initiative and the second installment of our 100 Arkansas Moms series, highlights important pregnancy risk factors among new Arkansas moms (defined as women who gave birth two to four months prior to being surveyed). Data for the infographic are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.

Key Takeaways:

For every 100 new moms in Arkansas in 2021:

  • Eighty-four began prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • One had no insurance during pregnancy.
  • Fifty-four had an intended pregnancy.
  • Ten smoked cigarettes during the last three months of pregnancy.
  • Twenty-five reported experiencing depression during pregnancy.
  • Three reported experiencing intimate partner violence during pregnancy.
  • Forty-one had their teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist during pregnancy.
  • Sixty had a body mass index in the overweight or obese range entering pregnancy.

Our first installment in this series spotlighted pre-pregnancy risk factors among new Arkansas moms. Find related materials on our Maternal and Infant Health page.

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