Maternal health and pregnancy

Section edited by Asma Khalil

This section considers studies regarding all aspects of maternal health during pregnancy, including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, obesity, anemia, hypertension, alcohol use, and all other aspects of maternal health.

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  1. Research article

    Survey of maternal sleep practices in late pregnancy in a multi-ethnic sample in South Auckland, New Zealand

    The Auckland Stillbirth study demonstrated a two-fold increased risk of late stillbirth for women who did not go to sleep on their left side. Two further studies have confirmed an increased risk of late stillb...

    Robin S. Cronin, Carol Chelimo, Edwin A. Mitchell, Kara Okesene-Gafa, John M. D. Thompson, Rennae S. Taylor, B. Lynne Hutchison and Lesley M. E. McCowan

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:190

    Published on: 17 June 2017

  2. Research article

    Omega-3 supplementation from pregnancy to postpartum to prevent depressive symptoms: a randomized placebo-controlled trial

    Low n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) has been linked to depression, but the preventive effect of n-3PUFAs supplementation on maternal depression needs further investigation. We aimed to evaluate the eff...

    Juliana dos Santos Vaz, Dayana Rodrigues Farias, Amanda Rodrigues Amorim Adegboye, Antonio Egidio Nardi and Gilberto Kac

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:180

    Published on: 9 June 2017

  3. Research article

    The effect of a prenatal lifestyle intervention on glucose metabolism: results of the Norwegian Fit for Delivery randomized controlled trial

    The effectiveness of prenatal lifestyle intervention to prevent gestational diabetes and improve maternal glucose metabolism remains to be established. The Norwegian Fit for Delivery (NFFD) randomized, control...

    Linda R. Sagedal, Ingvild Vistad, Nina C. Øverby, Elling Bere, Monica K. Torstveit, Hilde Lohne-Seiler, Elisabet R. Hillesund, Are Pripp and Tore Henriksen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:167

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  4. Study protocol

    Protocol for the Emory University African American Vaginal, Oral, and Gut Microbiome in Pregnancy Cohort Study

    Adverse birth and neonatal outcomes disproportionately affect African American women and infants compared to those of other races/ethnicities. While significant research has sought to identify underlying facto...

    Elizabeth J. Corwin, Carol J. Hogue, Bradley Pearce, Cherie C. Hill, Timothy D. Read, Jennifer Mulle and Anne L. Dunlop

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:161

    Published on: 1 June 2017

  5. Research article

    Incidence of influenza virus infection among pregnant women: a systematic review

    The World Health Organization (WHO) considers pregnant women to be a risk group for severe influenza disease. We conducted a systematic review to evaluate influenza disease incidence in pregnant women in order...

    Mark A. Katz, Bradford D. Gessner, Jeanene Johnson, Becky Skidmore, Marian Knight, Niranjan Bhat, Helen Marshall, David J. Horne, Justin R. Ortiz and Deshayne B. Fell

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:155

    Published on: 30 May 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:192

  6. Study protocol

    INTER-ACT: prevention of pregnancy complications through an e-health driven interpregnancy lifestyle intervention – study protocol of a multicentre randomised controlled trial

    Excessive maternal pre-pregnancy and gestational weight gain are related to pregnancy- and birth outcomes. The interpregnancy time window offers a unique opportunity to intervene in order to acquire a healthy ...

    Annick Bogaerts, Lieveke Ameye, Margriet Bijlholt, Kelly Amuli, Dorine Heynickx and Roland Devlieger

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:154

    Published on: 26 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Institutional delivery service utilization and associated factors among women of reproductive age in the mobile pastoral community of the Liban District in Guji Zone, Oromia, Southern Ethiopia: a cross sectional study

    Globally, an estimated 289,000 maternal deaths occurred in 2013. Majority of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Mobility of pastoralists is a well-recognized survival strategy in ar...

    Wako Golicha Wako and Dejene Hailu Kassa

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:144

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  8. Research article

    Ethnic differences in folic acid supplement use in a population-based cohort of pregnant women in Norway

    Peri-conceptional use of folic acid supplements is recommended to prevent neural tube defects. Correct supplement use seems to be less common among ethnic minorities. We examined ethnic differences in folic ac...

    Tarja I. Kinnunen, Line Sletner, Christine Sommer, Martine C. Post and Anne Karen Jenum

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:143

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  9. Research article

    Management of suspected primary Toxoplasma gondii infection in pregnant women in Norway: twenty years of experience of amniocentesis in a low-prevalence population

    Primary infection with Toxoplasma gondii during pregnancy may pose a threat to the fetus. Women infected prior to conception are unlikely to transmit the parasite to the fetus. If maternal serology indicates a po...

    Gry Findal, Anne Helbig, Guttorm Haugen, Pål A. Jenum and Babill Stray-Pedersen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:127

    Published on: 26 April 2017

  10. Study protocol

    The Pregnancy Environment and Lifestyle Study (PETALS): a population-based longitudinal multi-racial birth cohort

    Increasing recognition has been received regarding the proven and suggested links between multi-level environmental exposures on a broad scale (e.g., chemical, clinical, behavioral, physical and social) and he...

    Yeyi Zhu, Monique M. Hedderson, Juanran Feng, Ashley A. Mevi and Assiamira Ferrara

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:122

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  11. Research article

    Knowledge and attitude regarding pharmacogenetics among formerly pregnant women in the Netherlands and their interest in pharmacogenetic research

    Pharmacogenetics is an emerging field currently being implemented to improve safety when prescribing drugs. While many women who take drugs during pregnancy would likely benefit from such personalized drug the...

    Aizati N. A. Daud, Eefke L. Bergsma, Jorieke E. H. Bergman, Hermien E. K. De Walle, Wilhelmina S. Kerstjens-Frederikse, Bert J. Bijker, Eelko Hak and Bob Wilffert

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:120

    Published on: 14 April 2017

  12. Study protocol

    Centering and Racial Disparities (CRADLE study): rationale and design of a randomized controlled trial of centeringpregnancy and birth outcomes

    In the United States, preterm birth (PTB) before 37 weeks gestational age occurs at an unacceptably high rate, and large racial disparities persist. To date, medical and public health interventions have achiev...

    Liwei Chen, Amy H. Crockett, Sarah Covington-Kolb, Emily Heberlein, Lu Zhang and Xiaoqian Sun

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:118

    Published on: 13 April 2017

  13. Research article

    Substantial out-of-pocket expenditure on maternity care practitioner consultations and treatments during pregnancy: estimates from a nationally-representative sample of pregnant women in Australia

    A wide range of health care options are utilised by pregnant women in Australia. The out-of-pocket costs of maternity care in Australia vary depending on many factors including model of care utilised, health i...

    Jon Adams, Amie Steel, Jane Frawley, Alex Broom and David Sibbritt

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:114

    Published on: 12 April 2017

  14. Case report

    An abdominal ectopic pregnancy following a frozen-thawed ART cycle: a case report and review of the literature

    Ectopic pregnancy (EP) occurs in 1% of pregnancies and is reported to be more common in in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) pregnancies. An abdominal ectopic pregnancy (AEP) is a...

    Atsushi Yanaihara, Shirei Ohgi, Kenichirou Motomura, Yuko Hagiwara, Tae Mogami, Keisuke Saito and Takumi Yanaihara

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:108

    Published on: 7 April 2017

  15. Research article

    Changes in fruit and vegetable consumption habits from pre-pregnancy to early pregnancy among Norwegian women

    A healthy diet is important for pregnancy outcome and the current and future health of woman and child. The aims of the study were to explore the changes from pre-pregnancy to early pregnancy in consumption of...

    Marianne Skreden, Elling Bere, Linda R. Sagedal, Ingvild Vistad and Nina C. Øverby

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:107

    Published on: 4 April 2017

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