Maternal health and pregnancy

Section edited by Alexander Heazell and 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. Case report

    Congenital tuberculosis in an extremely preterm infant conceived after in vitro fertilization: case report

    Congenital tuberculosis is a rare manifestation of tuberculosis. The diagnosis is often delayed, especially in preterm neonates because of the non-specific clinical presentation and the lack of awareness of ma...

    Veronica Samedi, Stephen K. Field, Essa Al Awad, Gregory Ratcliffe and Kamran Yusuf

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:66

    Published on: 20 February 2017

  2. Study protocol

    Assessment of DHA on reducing early preterm birth: the ADORE randomized controlled trial protocol

    Preterm birth contributes to 0.5 million deliveries in the United States (one of eight pregnancies) and poses a huge burden on public health with costs in the billions. Of particular concern is that the rate o...

    Susan E. Carlson, Byron J. Gajewski, Christina J. Valentine, Lynette K. Rogers, Carl P. Weiner, Emily A. DeFranco and Catalin S. Buhimschi

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:62

    Published on: 13 February 2017

  3. Research article

    Pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality: are health professionals’ perceptions of women’s coping congruent with women’s accounts?

    Pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality (TFA) may have profound psychological consequences for those involved. Evidence suggests that women’s experience of care influences their psychological adjustment to...

    Caroline Lafarge, Kathryn Mitchell, Andrew C. G. Breeze and Pauline Fox

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:60

    Published on: 8 February 2017

  4. Research article

    Morbidity and mortality among very preterm singletons following fertility treatment in Australia and New Zealand, a population cohort study

    Due to high rates of multiple birth and preterm birth following fertility treatment, the rates of mortality and morbidity among births following fertility treatment were higher than those conceived spontaneous...

    Alex Y Wang, Abrar A. Chughtai, Kei Lui and Elizabeth A. Sullivan

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:50

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  5. Research article

    Quality and uptake of antenatal and postnatal care in Haiti

    Despite improvement, maternal mortality in Haiti remains high at 359/100,000 live births. Improving access to high quality antenatal and postnatal care has been shown to reduce maternal mortality and improve n...

    Kelsey R. Mirkovic, Eva Lathrop, Erin N. Hulland, Reginald Jean-Louis, Daniel Lauture, Ghislaine Desinor D’Alexis, Endang Hanzel and Reynold Grand-Pierre

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:52

    Published on: 2 February 2017

  6. Study protocol

    The use of the mHealth program Smarter Pregnancy in preconception care: rationale, study design and data collection of a randomized controlled trial

    Unhealthy nutrition and lifestyle contribute to the worldwide rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases. This also accounts for the reproductive population, in which unhealthy behavior affects fertility a...

    Matthijs R. van Dijk, Elsje C. Oostingh, Maria P. H. Koster, Sten P. Willemsen, Joop S. E. Laven and Régine P. M. Steegers-Theunissen

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:46

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  7. Research article

    Unplanned pregnancy and subsequent psychological distress in partnered women: a cross-sectional study of the role of relationship quality and wider social support

    Research into the impact of unintended pregnancy on the wellbeing of women tends to focus on pregnancies ending in either termination or lone motherhood. Unintended pregnancy is common in partnered women, but ...

    Katherine Barton, Maggie Redshaw, Maria A. Quigley and Claire Carson

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:44

    Published on: 26 January 2017

  8. Study protocol

    EVERREST prospective study: a 6-year prospective study to define the clinical and biological characteristics of pregnancies affected by severe early onset fetal growth restriction

    Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is a serious obstetric condition for which there is currently no treatment. The EVERREST Prospective Study has been designed to characterise the natural history of pregnancies af...

    Rebecca Spencer, Gareth Ambler, Jana Brodszki, Anke Diemert, Francesc Figueras, Eduard Gratacós, Stefan R. Hansson, Kurt Hecher, Angela Huertas-Ceballos, Neil Marlow, Karel Marsál, Eva Morsing, Donald Peebles, Carlo Rossi, Neil J. Sebire, John F. Timms…

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:43

    Published on: 23 January 2017

  9. Research article

    Maternal intake of seafood and supplementary long chain n-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids and preterm delivery

    Preterm delivery increases the risk of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Studies suggest that maternal diet may affect the prevalence of preterm delivery. The aim of this study was to assess whether maternal i...

    Anne Lise Brantsæter, Linda Englund-Ögge, Margareta Haugen, Bryndis Eva Birgisdottir, Helle Katrine Knutsen, Verena Sengpiel, Ronny Myhre, Jan Alexander, Roy M. Nilsen, Bo Jacobsson and Helle Margrete Meltzer

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:41

    Published on: 19 January 2017

    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:61

  10. Study protocol

    Design and rationale of a large, international, prospective cohort study to evaluate the occurrence of malformations and perinatal/neonatal death using insulin detemir in pregnant women with diabetes in comparison with other long-acting insulins

    There are a lack of data regarding the effect of basal insulin analogues on rates of events like congenital malformation and perinatal mortality in diabetic pregnancy.

    Elisabeth R. Mathiesen, Henning Andersen, Sofia I. I. Kring and Peter Damm

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:38

    Published on: 18 January 2017

  11. Research article

    Providing lipid-based nutrient supplement during pregnancy does not reduce the risk of maternal P falciparum parasitaemia and reproductive tract infections: a randomised controlled trial

    Maternal infections are associated with maternal and foetal adverse outcomes. Nutrient supplementation during pregnancy may reduce the occurrence of infections by improving maternal immunity. We aimed to inves...

    Minyanga Nkhoma, Per Ashorn, Ulla Ashorn, Kathryn G. Dewey, Austrida Gondwe, John Mbotwa, Stephen Rogerson, Steve M. Taylor and Kenneth Maleta

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:35

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  12. Research article

    Weighing as a stand-alone intervention does not reduce excessive gestational weight gain compared to routine antenatal care: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

    Excessive gestational weight gain is associated with short and long-term adverse maternal and infant health outcomes, independent of pre-pregnancy body mass index. Weighing pregnant women as a stand-alone inte...

    Shanna M. Fealy, Rachael M. Taylor, Maralyn Foureur, John Attia, Lyn Ebert, Alessandra Bisquera and Alexis J. Hure

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:36

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  13. Research article

    Use of antidepressants during pregnancy in the Netherlands: observational study into postpartum interventions

    Psychiatric disorders and use of selective antidepressants during pregnancy can have negative effects on mother and infant postpartum. This study aimed to provide evidence-based recommendations on observation ...

    Noera Kieviet, Fokke de Jong, Fedde Scheele, Koert M. Dolman and Adriaan Honig

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:23

    Published on: 11 January 2017

  14. Research article

    Self-reported diabetes during pregnancy in the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: extent and social determinants

    Diabetes is a serious and growing public health concern in South Africa, but its prevalence and distribution in pregnant women is not well known. Women diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy have a substanti...

    Lumbwe Chola, Chipo Mutyambizi, Ronel Sewpaul, Whadi-ah Parker, Zandile Mchiza, Demetre Labadarios and Charles Hongoro

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:20

    Published on: 10 January 2017

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