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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. Content type: Research article

    The reported positive association between opiatic drug use during pregnancy and adverse pregnancy outcomes might be confounded by other factors related to high-risk behaviors, including the use of other harmfu...

    Authors: Siavash Maghsoudlou, Sven Cnattingius, Scott Montgomery, Mohsen Aarabi, Shahriar Semnani, Anna-Karin Wikström and Shahram Bahmanyar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:358

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Professional guidelines indicate that pregnancy options counseling should be offered to pregnant women, in particular those experiencing an unintended pregnancy. However, research on whether pregnancy options ...

    Authors: Nancy F. Berglas, Valerie Williams, Katrina Mark and Sarah C. M. Roberts

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:384

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  3. Content type: Research article

    A key focus of the Closing the Gap campaign is to reduce low birthweight in Aboriginal babies. Limited research exists on factors affecting Aboriginal birthweight in urban areas.

    Authors: Elisa J. Ford, Thomas J. Cade, Lex W. Doyle and Mark P. Umstad

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:382

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) is associated with adverse health outcomes in both the mother and child. Many previous lifestyle interventions in women with excess weight during pregnancy encouraging a...

    Authors: Michael W. Seward, Denise Simon, Martha Richardson, Emily Oken, Matthew W. Gillman and Marie-France Hivert

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:375

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    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is the most frequent complication during pregnancy. Untreated GDM is a severe threat to maternal and neonatal health. Based on recent evidence, up to 15% of all pregnancies ...

    Authors: Grzegorz Domanski, Anja Erika Lange, Till Ittermann, Heike Allenberg, Robert Andreas Spoo, Marek Zygmunt and Matthias Heckmann

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:367

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Fear of childbirth (FOC) could have significant impact on women’s childbearing choices and experience. Culture affects the way women conceptualize childbirth, influencing the fears and expectations they may ho...

    Authors: Heidi Preis, Yael Benyamini, Malin Eberhard-Gran and Susan Garthus-Niegel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:362

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Lactobacilli play an important role in maintaining vaginal health and protection against bacterial infections in the genital tract. The aim of this study is to show the dynamics of changes of the vaginal and r...

    Authors: Anna Dobrut, Tomasz Gosiewski, Wojciech Pabian, Malgorzata Bodaszewska-Lubas, Dorota Ochonska, Małgorzata Bulanda and Monika Brzychczy-Wloch

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:350

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  8. Content type: Research article

    We performed a post-hoc subgroup analysis in Korean women who participated in the Phase III FER-ASAP (FERric carboxymaltose-Assessment of SAfety and efficacy in Pregnancy) study to compare the efficacy and saf...

    Authors: Jae-Yoon Shim, Moon Young Kim, Young Ju Kim, Young Lee, Jeong Jae Lee, Jong Kwan Jun, Jong Chul Shin, Yong Kyoon Cho, Keun Young Lee, Ahm Kim and Tae-Bok Song

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:349

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies suggested associations between prenatal exposure to air pollution and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. We explored the associations between ambient concentrations of five major air polluta...

    Authors: Seung-Ah Choe, Yoon-Bae Jun and Sun-Young Kim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:340

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Pregnancy at advanced maternal age has become more common in both developed and developing countries over the last decades. The association between adverse perinatal outcomes and advanced maternal age has been...

    Authors: Bekir Kahveci, Rauf Melekoglu, Ismail Cuneyt Evruke and Cihan Cetin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:343

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Racial disparities in birth outcomes are mirrored in cardiovascular health. Recently there have been calls for more attention to preconception and interconceptional health in order to improve birth outcomes, i...

    Authors: Emily W. Harville, Leann Myers, Tian Shu, Maeve E. Wallace and Lydia A. Bazzano

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:339

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Household food insecurity through influencing the quality and sufficiency of nutrition can have considerable effects on individuals’ health. Previous studies have shown the relationship between household food ...

    Authors: Farnoosh Moafi, Farideh Kazemi, Fatemeh Samiei Siboni and Zainab Alimoradi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:319

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Many socioecological and structural factors affect women’s diets, physical activity, and her access and receptivity to perinatal care. We sought to explore women’s and providers’ perceptions and experiences of...

    Authors: Maira Quintanilha, Maria J. Mayan, Kim D. Raine and Rhonda C. Bell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:314

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Zhejiang has achieved the goal of elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) via the implementation of universal salt iodization (USI) since 2011. Iodine content in household table salt decreased from th...

    Authors: Guangming Mao, Wenming Zhu, Zhe Mo, Yuanyang Wang, Xiaofeng Wang, Xiaoming Lou and Zhifang Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:313

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Excessive weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk for negative effects on mother and child during pregnancy, delivery, and also postnatally. Excessive weight gain can be partially compensated by being ...

    Authors: Paul M. C. Lemmens, Francesco Sartor, Lieke G. E. Cox, Sebastiaan V. den Boer and Joyce H. D. M. Westerink

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:312

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  16. Content type: Case report

    Patients with primary immunodeficiency disease (PID) who survive to adulthood and willing to have a child mostly are worried whether their disease affects their fertility and/or pregnancy and also if their chi...

    Authors: Saba Sheikhbahaei, Roya Sherkat, Nadezhda Camacho-Ordonez, Razie Khoshnevisan, Asadollah Kalantari, Mansour Salehi, Seyed Saman Nazemian, Mohammad Hossein Nasr-esfahani and Christophe Klein

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:299

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  17. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to compare the effect of breast pump stimulation with that of oxytocin administration regarding the duration of the third stage of labor, postpartum hemorrhage, and anemia after delivery.

    Authors: Elham Dashtinejad, Parvin Abedi and Poorandokht Afshari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:293

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Pregnancy is a unique physiological condition with the cellular immune functions compromised at some extents to allow the mature of growing fetus. Whether pregnancy may influence the replication of hepatitis B...

    Authors: Chenyu Xu, Jingli Liu, Lanhua Liu, Yongchun Bi, Biyun Xu, Jie Chen, Biao Xu, Tingmei Chen, Yali Hu and Yi-Hua Zhou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:292

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Several studies have shown inconsistent associations between anxiety during pregnancy and adverse pregnancy outcome. This inconsistency may be due to lack of controlling for the timing and type of maternal anx...

    Authors: Eyal Ravid, Liat Salzer, Liat Arnon, Michal Eisner, Arnon Wiznitzer, Aron Weller, Lee Koren and Eran Hadar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:287

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Shared decision-making (SDM) is an important aspect of modern health care. Many studies evaluated different interventions to improve SDM, however, none in an inpatient clinical setting. A tool that has been pr...

    Authors: S. W. E. Baijens, A. G. Huppelschoten, J. Van Dillen and J. W. M. Aarts

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:283

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Approximately 50% of Australian women experience low back pain in pregnancy, with somewhere between 8 and 36% of women suffering from pregnancy related depression/anxiety. Both low back and pelvic pain and dep...

    Authors: Rosa Virgara, Carol Maher and Gisela Van Kessel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:288

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Preeclampsia (PE) is associated with an increase in maternal arterial stiffness, which may be reflected by photoplethysmography (PPG) of the pulse wave. The aim of this study was to investigate area difference...

    Authors: Ying Feng, Dan Drzymalski, Baihui Zhao, Xuan Wang and Xinzhong Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:280

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Sedentary behavior is associated with adverse health outcomes in the general population. Whether sedentary behavior during pregnancy is associated with newborn outcomes, such as birth size, is not established,...

    Authors: Sylvia E. Badon, Alyson J. Littman, K. C. Gary Chan, Michelle A. Williams and Daniel A. Enquobahrie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:267

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (NVP) is considered to be associated with favorable fetal outcomes, such as a decreased risk for spontaneous abortion. However, the relationship between NVP and preterm bir...

    Authors: Naomi Mitsuda, Masamitsu Eitoku, Keiko Yamasaki, Masahiko Sakaguchi, Kahoko Yasumitsu-Lovell, Nagamasa Maeda, Mikiya Fujieda and Narufumi Suganuma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:268

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Hemoglobin (Hb) measurement is a standard test among pregnant women during the first perinatal visit that is used to evaluate physical status and anemia. However, studies focusing on Hb levels and pregnancy ou...

    Authors: Chen Wang, Li Lin, Rina Su, Weiwei Zhu, Yumei Wei, Jie Yan, Hui Feng, Boya Li, Shuang Li and Huixia Yang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:263

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Investigators have hypothesized that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation may modulate the immune response. However, available evidence is conflicting. We performed this study to investigate the effect of prenat...

    Authors: Ellen L. Mozurkewich, Deborah R. Berman, Anjel Vahratian, Chelsea M. Clinton, Vivian C. Romero, Julie L. Chilimigras, Delia Vazquez, Clifford Qualls and Zora Djuric

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:261

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  27. Content type: Debate

    In February 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) released “Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM)” (EPMM Strategies), a direction-setting report outlining global targets and strate...

    Authors: R. Rima Jolivet, Allisyn C. Moran, Meaghan O’Connor, Doris Chou, Neelam Bhardwaj, Holly Newby, Jennifer Requejo, Marta Schaaf, Lale Say and Ana Langer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:258

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Maternal iodine deficiency (ID) during pregnancy has been recognized as a major cause of abortion, stillbirth, congenital abnormalities, perinatal mortality and irreversible mental retardation. In Ethiopia lim...

    Authors: Mengistu Fereja, Samson Gebremedhin, Tafere Gebreegziabher, Meron Girma and Barbara J. Stoecker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:257

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Both gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) as well as overweight/obesity during pregnancy are risk factors for detrimental anthropometric and hormonal neonatal outcomes, identified to ‘program’ adverse health pr...

    Authors: Raffael Ott, Jens H. Stupin, Andrea Loui, Elisabeth Eilers, Kerstin Melchior, Rebecca C. Rancourt, Karen Schellong, Thomas Ziska, Joachim W. Dudenhausen, Wolfgang Henrich and Andreas Plagemann

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:250

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant women are at increased susceptibility to vitamin D deficiency. Hence, there is continuing interest in determining how vitamin D influences pregnancy health. We aimed to compare vitamin D status in two...

    Authors: Rebecca L. Wilson, Alison J. Leviton, Shalem Y. Leemaqz, Paul H. Anderson, Jessica A. Grieger, Luke E. Grzeskowiak, Petra E. Verburg, Lesley McCowan, Gustaaf A. Dekker, Tina Bianco-Miotto and Claire T. Roberts

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:251

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Latina women are at increased risk for antenatal depressive disorders, which are common during pregnancy and are associated with elevated risk for poor maternal health and birth outcomes. Physical activity is ...

    Authors: Kathleen Szegda, Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson, Penelope Pekow, Sally Powers, Glenn Markenson, Nancy Dole and Lisa Chasan-Taber

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:252

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Premature birth is a primary cause of infant mortality and its etiology varies in different countries. Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is a common infectious agent transmitted through sexual contact. The purpose of th...

    Authors: Amjad Ahmadi, Rashid Ramazanzadeh, Koroush Sayehmiri, Fatemeh Sayehmiri and Nour Amirmozafari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:240

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Electronic cigarettes (ECs) are increasingly used for reducing or stopping smoking, with some studies showing positive outcomes. However, little is known about views on ECs during pregnancy or postpartum and p...

    Authors: Katharine Bowker, Sophie Orton, Sue Cooper, Felix Naughton, Rachel Whitemore, Sarah Lewis, Linda Bauld, Lesley Sinclair, Tim Coleman, Anne Dickinson and Michael Ussher

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:233

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  34. Content type: Research article

    To review the similarities and differences in Pakistani, Bangladeshi and White British mothers health beliefs (attitudes, knowledge and perceptions) and health behaviour regarding their consumption of folic ac...

    Authors: Rebecca Garcia, Nasreen Ali, Malcolm Griffiths and Gurch Randhawa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:234

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Preeclampsia is among the most common medical complications of pregnancy. The clinical utility of invasive hemodynamic monitoring in preeclampsia (e.g., Swan-Ganz catheter) is controversial. Thoracic impedance...

    Authors: Anat Lavie, Maya Ram, Shaul Lev, Yair Blecher, Uri Amikam, Yael Shulman, Tomer Avnon, Eran Weiner and Ariel Many

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:229

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (SNBHW) recommended the new diagnostic criteria for GDM based upon Hyperglycaemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes (HAPO) study thresholds. Due to limited knowled...

    Authors: Maryam Saeedi, Ulf Hanson, David Simmons and Helena Fadl

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:225

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Australia has a maternal mortality ratio of 6.8/100000 live births, a rate akin to other developed countries and consistent with the high level care provided within the Australian health care system. With mate...

    Authors: Skandarupan Jayaratnam, Sonia Kua, Caroline deCosta and Richard Franklin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:221

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Early marriage and pregnancy is a risk factor for poor maternal and child health and socio-economic outcomes. Bokeo and Luang Namtha provinces in northern Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) has high rates ...

    Authors: Vanphanom Sychareun, Viengnakhone Vongxay, Souphaphone Houaboun, Vassana Thammavongsa, Phouthong Phummavongsa, Kongmany Chaleunvong and Jo Durham

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:219

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  39. Content type: Research article

    High myopia, a cause of serious visual impairment, is a significant global public health concern. We investigate longitudinal changes in macular choroidal thickness (CT) during pregnancy and 6-months postpartu...

    Authors: Wei Chen, Li Li, Hongyuan Zhang, Yan Li, Xu Chen and Yue Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:220

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  40. Content type: Research article

    We aimed to systematically compare arterial/venous thrombosis, fetal loss and stillbirth in pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), primary anti-phospholipid syndrome (PAPS) and secondary anti-...

    Authors: Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Mohammad Zafooruddin Sani Soogund and Feng Huang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:212

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Much interest has been focussed on both maternal obesity and gestational weight gain (GWG), particularly on their role in influencing birth weight (BW). Several large reviews have reported that excessive GWG i...

    Authors: Amy C. O’Higgins, Anne Doolan, Thomas McCartan, Laura Mullaney, Clare O’Connor and Michael J. Turner

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:218

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  42. Content type: Case report

    Periodic fever, aphthous stomatitis, pharyngitis and cervical adenitis (PFAPA) syndrome has been considered as a childhood syndrome. The underlying etiology of PFAPA syndrome is unclear however, currently cons...

    Authors: Kuniaki Ota, Joanne Kwak-Kim, Toshifumi Takahashi and Hideki Mizunuma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:207

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