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

    Iodine nutritional status of women in their first trimester of pregnancy in Catalonia

    Sufficient iodine intake is needed during pregnancy to ensure proper fetal development. The iodine levels of women in their first trimester of pregnancy in Catalonia are currently unknown. This data would help...

    Maria Teresa Torres, Lidia Francés, Lluis Vila, Josep María Manresa, Gemma Falguera, Gemma Prieto, Roser Casamitjana and Pere Toran

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:249

    Published on: 26 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Patterns and predictors of analgesic use in pregnancy: a longitudinal drug utilization study with special focus on women with migraine

    Few studies have investigated the drug utilization patterns and factors predicting drug use in pregnant women with migraine. This longitudinal drug utilization study aimed to describe patterns of analgesic use...

    Gerd-Marie Eskerud Harris, Mollie Wood, Malin Eberhard-Gran, Christofer Lundqvist and Hedvig Nordeng

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:224

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  3. Study protocol

    Low dose aspirin in the prevention of recurrent spontaneous preterm labour – the APRIL study: a multicenter randomized placebo controlled trial

    Preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks of gestation) is a major problem in obstetrics and affects an estimated 15 million pregnancies worldwide annually. A history of previous preterm birth is the strongest risk...

    Laura Visser, Marjon A. de Boer, Christianne J. M. de Groot, Tobias A. J. Nijman, Marieke A. C. Hemels, Kitty W. M. Bloemenkamp, Judith E. Bosmans, Marjolein Kok, Judith O. van Laar, Marieke Sueters, Hubertina Scheepers, Joris van Drongelen, Maureen T. M. Franssen, J. Marko Sikkema, Hans J. J. Duvekot, Mireille N. Bekker…

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:223

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  4. Study protocol

    A multi-centre, non-inferiority, randomised controlled trial to compare a cervical pessary with a cervical cerclage in the prevention of preterm delivery in women with short cervical length and a history of preterm birth – PC study

    Preterm birth is in quantity and in severity the most important contributor of perinatal morbidity and mortality both in well- and low-resource countries. Cervical pessary and cervical cerclage are both consid...

    Bouchra Koullali, Liselotte E.M. van Kempen, Maud D. van Zijl, Christiana A. Naaktgeboren, Ewoud Schuit, Dick J. Bekedam, Maureen T.M. Franssen, Sebastiaan W.A. Nij Bijvank, Marieke Sueters, Marchien van Baal, Marjon A. de Boer, Angelo B. Hooker, Brenda B.J. Hermsen, Toon A.A.M. Toolenaar, Joost J. Zwart, David P. van der Ham…

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:215

    Published on: 6 July 2017

  5. Study protocol

    Evaluating the comparative effectiveness of different demand side interventions to increase maternal health service utilization and practice of birth spacing in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo: an innovative, mixed methods approach

    In this protocol we describe a mixed methods study in the province of South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo evaluating the effectiveness of different demand side strategies to increase maternal health servi...

    Mari Dumbaugh, Wyvine Bapolisi, Jennie van de Weerd, Michel Zabiti, Paula Mommers, Ghislain Bisimwa Balaluka and Sonja Merten

    BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:212

    Published on: 3 July 2017

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

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