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Maternal health and pregnancy

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. Self-reported maternal complications are associated with maternal morbidity, deliveries by C-section, postpartum depression, and maternal death. Thus, it is necessary to examine the contribution of socio-demog...

    Authors: Pradeep Kumar, Shobhit Srivastava, Chanda Maurya and Preeti Dhillon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:519

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  2. Although the World Health Organization and health authorities in most countries recommend that pregnant women receive inactivated influenza virus vaccines, coverage remains low. This study aimed to investigate...

    Authors: Byung Soo Kang, San Ha Lee, Woo Jeng Kim, Jeong Ha Wie, In Yang Park and Hyun Sun Ko

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:511

    Content type: Research article

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  3. China has one of the world’s largest internal migrant populations. The Chinese Hukou system is a unique household registration system that limits internal migrants in their access to basic urban public service...

    Authors: Di Tang, Xiangdong Gao and Peter C. Coyte

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:509

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  4. Evidence on the outcome of SARS-CoV-2 infection in pregnancy is generally reassuring but yet not definitive.

    Authors: Marta Ruggiero, Edgardo Somigliana, Beatrice Tassis, Letizia Li Piani, Sara Uceda Renteria, Giussy Barbara, Giovanna Lunghi, Carlo Pietrasanta and Enrico Ferrazzi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:505

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  5. South Asian women are at a high risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus than other women in Australia. Gestational diabetes affects up to 14–19% of all pregnancies among South Asian, South East Asian,...

    Authors: Mridula Bandyopadhyay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:500

    Content type: Research article

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  6. There is increasing pressure to get women and babies home rapidly after birth. Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) currently get 24-h inpatient monitoring. We investigated whether a...

    Authors: Esther H. G. Park, Frances O’Brien, Fiona Seabrook and Jane Elizabeth Hirst

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:499

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  7. It was reported that steroid-related gene expressions in the adipose tissue (AT) of women differ between women affected with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and non-PCOS. Although association between PCOS in ...

    Authors: Neda Emami, Ashraf Moini, Parichehreh Yaghmaei, Vahid Akbarinejad, Maryam Shahhoseini and AliReza Alizadeh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:490

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Maternal–Fetal Attachment (MFA) describes the cognitive-representational, emotional, and behavioral aspects of the mother–fetus relationship that develops during pregnancy.

    Authors: Chiara Sacchi, Marina Miscioscia, Silvia Visentin and Alessandra Simonelli

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:488

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Unintended pregnancy an important public health problem in Ethiopia. It is associated with adverse physical, mental, social and economic outcomes. Identifying factors associated with unintended pregnancy may h...

    Authors: Yibeltal Alemu Bekele and Gedefaw Abeje Fekadu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:486

    Content type: Research article

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  10. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, drastic measures for social distancing have been introduced also in Italy, likely with a substantial impact in delicate conditions like pregnancy and puerperium. The study...

    Authors: Viviana Stampini, Alice Monzani, Silvia Caristia, Gianluigi Ferrante, Martina Gerbino, Alberto De Pedrini, Roberta Amadori, Ivana Rabbone and Daniela Surico

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:473

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  11. To date, information and support has been focused on mothers, with evidence that healthcare professionals overlook fathers’ mental health, and that fathers receive little or no support for themselves during th...

    Authors: Sarah Hambidge, Amy Cowell, Emily Arden-Close and Andrew Mayers

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:463

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  12. Maternal prenatal stress is associated with worse socio-emotional outcomes in offspring throughout childhood. However, the association between prenatal stress and later caregiving sensitivity is not well under...

    Authors: Pamela Scorza, Emily C. Merz, Marisa Spann, Emily Steinberg, Tianshu Feng, Seonjoo Lee, Elizabeth Werner, Bradley S. Peterson and Catherine Monk

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:458

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  13. Multi-drug resistant and rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (MDR/RR-TB) in pregnant women is a cause for concern globally; few data have described the safety of second-line anti-TB medications during pregnancy....

    Authors: Idah Mokhele, Nelly Jinga, Rebecca Berhanu, Thandi Dlamini, Lawrence Long and Denise Evans

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:453

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  14. Placenta previa, a serious obstetric issue, should be managed by experienced teams. The safe and appropriate mode of delivery for placenta previa is by cesarean delivery. However, no studies were found compari...

    Authors: Dazhi Fan, Huishan Zhang, Jiaming Rao, Dongxin Lin, Shuzhen Wu, Pengsheng Li, Gengdong Chen, Zixing Zhou, Juan Liu, Ting Chen, Fengying Chen, Xiaoling Guo and Zhengping Liu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:441

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  15. Euglycaemic ketoacidosis (EKA) is an infrequent but serious condition which usually follows a period of starvation, severe vomiting or illness in individuals with or without diabetes. Ketoacidosis is associate...

    Authors: Margaret Pikovsky, Min Yi Tan, Amanda Ahmed, Lynne Sykes, Rochan Agha-Jaffar and Christina K. H. Yu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:427

    Content type: Case report

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  16. Premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) is characterized by impairment of ovarian function on a continuum before the age of 40 years. POI is affected by multiple factors. Considering new insights from recent gut...

    Authors: Jiaman Wu, Yuanyuan Zhuo, Yulei Liu, Yan Chen, Yan Ning and Jilong Yao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:418

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  17. Malawi implemented a Results Based Financing (RBF) model for Maternal and Newborn Health, “RBF4MNH” at public hospitals in four Districts, with the aim of improving health outcomes. We used this context to see...

    Authors: Regina Makuluni and William Stones

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:417

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  18. The postnatal period is associated with new needs for mothers. Four categories of needs were highlighted in a previous study: for information, for psychological support, for the sharing of experiences and for ...

    Authors: Justine Slomian, Jean-Yves Reginster, Patrick Emonts and Olivier Bruyère

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:405

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  19. Reasons for admission to intensive care units (ICUs) for obstetric patients vary from one setting to another. Outcomes from ICU and prediction models are not well explored in Rwanda owing to lack of appropriat...

    Authors: Alcade Rudakemwa, Amyl Lucille Cassidy and Théogène Twagirumugabe

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:401

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  20. Coronavirus disease is now a global concern with the non-availability of antiviral treatment and attacks all groups of the population. Hence, applying preventive measures is the most critical intervention to c...

    Authors: Alemu Degu Ayele, Gedefaye Nibret Mihretie, Habtamu Gebrehana Belay, Adanech Getie Teffera, Bekalu Getnet Kassa and Bedemariam Tadesse Amsalu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:397

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  21. Pregnant women in Japan express various reasons for limiting gestational weight gain (GWG). We aimed to identify and characterise groups where the women share common reasons to limit GWG and to examine how the...

    Authors: Naw Awn J-P, Marina Minami, Masamitsu Eitoku, Nagamasa Maeda, Mikiya Fujieda and Narufumi Suganuma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:396

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  22. Since 2005, India has experienced an impressive 77% reduction in maternal mortality compared to the global average of 43%. What explains this impressive performance in terms of reduction in maternal mortality ...

    Authors: M. Bhatia, L. K. Dwivedi, K. Banerjee, A. Bansal, M. Ranjan and P. Dixit

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:389

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  23. Adenomyosis (AM) and endometriosis (EM) often coexist. Laparoscopic surgery is one of the main methods for diagnosing and treating these conditions. This study aims to investigate the pregnancy outcomes of wom...

    Authors: Jinghua Shi, Yi Dai, Junji Zhang, Xiaoyan Li, Shuangzheng Jia and Jinhua Leng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:383

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  24. Primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET) is a relatively rare malignant small round cell tumor, and the occurrence of cervical PNET during pregnancy is extremely rare.

    Authors: Xiang Feng, Lina Zhang, Yanling Tan, Aihua Feng, Fei Luo, Mengfan Xu, Hong Ye, Hongyu Zhu, Peng Zhou and Hua Li

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:382

    Content type: Case report

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  25. Physiological changes during pregnancy put pregnant women at higher risk for COVID-19 complications. The objective of this study was to evaluate clinical and laboratory characteristics and outcomes of 24 COVID...

    Authors: Maryam Vaezi, Mojgan Mirghafourvand and Shahla Hemmatzadeh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:378

    Content type: Case report

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  26. Uterine rupture is a rare, life-threatening event in obstetrics that may be fatal for the mother and fetus. Therefore, obstetricians need to pay attention to and should consider the antenatal diagnosis of uter...

    Authors: Chun Tong, Lijun Gong, Yuan Wei, Zhaohui Liu, Yiting Wang and Pengbo Yuan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:375

    Content type: Case report

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  27. The gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist protocol has some advantages, such as a simple method, short medication duration, and low incidence of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, but whether the G...

    Authors: Min Xia and Jie Zheng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:372

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  28. Spontaneous preterm birth is a global issue that contributed to perinatal morbidities and mortalities worldwide. The study aimed to describe the experience at UKM Medical Center in managing women at high risk ...

    Authors: Rahana Abd Rahman, Ixora Kamisan Atan, Anizah Ali, Aida Mohd Kalok, Nor Azlin Mohamed Ismail, Zaleha Abdullah Mahdy and Shuhaila Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:368

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  29. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a common complication during pregnancy, however, HG associated simultaneous onset of blood cell destruction due to electrolyte abnormalities is rare. In this case, a woman with r...

    Authors: Xiyu Pan, Ran Chu, Jinyu Meng, Qiannan Wang, Yue Zhang, Kun Song, Xingsheng Yang and Beihua Kong

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:366

    Content type: Case report

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  30. Relevant studies focusing on epidemiological of profiles hypertensive disorders of pregnancy from global data that report the cause-specific prevalence and trends of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy at glob...

    Authors: Wei Wang, Xin Xie, Ting Yuan, Yanyan Wang, Fei Zhao, Zhangjian Zhou and Hao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:364

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  31. There are no accurate estimates of the prevalence of non-severe maternal morbidities. Given the lack of instruments to fully assess these morbidities, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed an instrumen...

    Authors: M. N. Lamus, S. Pabon, C. MPoca, J. P. Guida, M. A. Parpinelli, J. G. Cecatti, M. F. Vidarte and M. L. Costa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:357

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  32. Iron supplementation is considered an imperative strategy for anemia prevention and control during pregnancy in Pakistan. Although there is some evidence on the predictors of iron deficiency anemia among Pakis...

    Authors: Sumera Aziz Ali, Savera Aziz Ali, Shama Razzaq, Nayab Khowaja, Sarah Gutkind, Fazal Ur Raheman and Nadir Suhail

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:352

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  33. Struma ovarii is a special type of ovarian dermoid cyst and accounts for approximately 2–3 % of all dermoid tumours. Benign struma ovarii may manifest as distant metastasis, called peritoneal strumosis, which ...

    Authors: Zheng Li, Jingxue Wang and Qian Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:347

    Content type: Case report

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  34. Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is associated with major birth defects and developmental disabilities. Questionnaires concerning alcohol consumption during pregnancy underestimate alcohol use while the us...

    Authors: Leonieke J. Breunis, Sophie Wassenaar, Barbara J. Sibbles, Ab A. Aaldriks, Hilmar H. Bijma, Eric A.P. Steegers and Birgit C.P. Koch

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:342

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  35. Previous studies have focused on pregnancy outcomes after frozen embryo transfer (FET) performed using different endometrial preparation protocols. Few studies have evaluated the effect of endometrial preparat...

    Authors: Cheng Li, Yi-Chen He, Jing-Jing Xu, Yu Wang, Han Liu, Chen-Chi Duan, Chao-Yi Shi, Lei Chen, Jie Wang, Jian-Zhong Sheng, He-Feng Huang and Yan-Ting Wu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:341

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  36. Birthweight has been declining consistently for more than 30 years in Japan. This rapid rise in low birthweight is one of the worst among the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Develop...

    Authors: Noriko Kato, Catherine Sauvaget, Honami Yoshida, Tetsuji Yokoyama and Nobuo Yoshiike

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:337

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  37. Psychosocial factors are of increasing interest as potential influencers in disease development. This study explores associations between gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and maternal depression, adverse ch...

    Authors: Margaret Versteegen, Christine T. Bozlak, Heather Larkin and Allison A. Appleton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:335

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  38. Some women avoid sexual intercourse during pregnancy due to the physiological changes they undergo during this period as well as their fear of causing harm to the fetus and to themselves, which can lead to pro...

    Authors: Shiva Alizadeh, Hedyeh Riazi, Hamid Alavi Majd and Giti Ozgoli

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:334

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  39. Although maternal deaths are rare in developed regions, the morbidity associated with severe postpartum hemorrhage (SPPH) remains a major problem. To determine the prevalence and risk factors of SPPH, we analy...

    Authors: Chen-ning Liu, Fu-bing Yu, Yun-zhe Xu, Jin-sheng Li, Zhi-hong Guan, Man-na Sun, Chen-an Liu, Fang He and Dun-jin Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:332

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  40. Screening for antenatal depression and its determinants is highly recommended. However, there is no consensus on a standard conceptual framework to approach pregnant women in a primary health care setting. The...

    Authors: Sarah Naja, Noora Al Kubaisi, Rajvir Singh, Hiba Abdalla and Iheb Bougmiza

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:330

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  41. Sexual function, a significant contributor to quality of life, is affected by various factors, including overall mental health. COVID-19 is a current pandemic that influences the mental health of various popul...

    Authors: Fatemeh Effati-Daryani, Shayesteh Jahanfar, Azam Mohammadi, Somayeh Zarei and Mojgan Mirghafourvand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:327

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  42. A uterine manipulator cannot be used to elevate the ovary in benign ovarian surgery during pregnancy. This report describes our method of elevation of the ovary using a metreurynter with the success rate of th...

    Authors: Yasushi Kotani, Kosuke Murakami, Kiko Yamamoto, Risa Fujishima, Tamaki Yahata, Yoshie Yo, Masao Shimaoka and Noriomi Matsumura

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:321

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  43. The association of antenatal depression with adverse pregnancy, birth, and postnatal outcomes has been an item of scientific interest over the last decades. However, the evidence that exists is controversial o...

    Authors: Despina Pampaka, Stefania I. Papatheodorou, Mohammad AlSeaidan, Rihab Al Wotayan, Rosalind J. Wright, Julie E. Buring, Douglas W. Dockery and Costas A. Christophi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:313

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  44. The United States is currently facing a maternal morbidity and mortality crisis, with the highest rates of any resource-rich nation. In efforts to address this, new guidelines for postpartum care suggest that ...

    Authors: Laura Tucker, Alan Cuevas Villagomez and Tamar Krishnamurti

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:311

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  45. Poor maternal nutrition adversely affects pregnancy and birth outcomes. In many societies, there are dietary restrictions due to misconceptions or food taboos during pregnancy which consequently results in the...

    Authors: Dereje Tsegaye, Dessalegn Tamiru and Tefera Belachew

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:309

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  46. Exosomal circular RNAs (circRNAs) are emerging as important regulators of physiological development and disease pathogenesis. However, the roles of exosomal circRNAs from umbilical cord blood in preeclampsia (...

    Authors: Minkai Cao, Juan Wen, Chaozhi Bu, Chunyan Li, Yu Lin, Hong Zhang, Yanfang Gu, Zhonghua Shi, Yan Zhang, Wei Long and Le Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:303

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  47. Both Caroli disease (CD) and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) are autosomal recessive disorders, which are more commonly found in infants and children, for whom surviving to adulthood is r...

    Authors: Xiuzhen Yao, Weiqun Ao, Jianhua Fang, Guoqun Mao, Chuanghua Chen, Lifang Yu, Huaijie Cai and Chenke Xu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:294

    Content type: Case report

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  48. Acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP) and hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets (HELLP) syndrome are two uncommon disorders that mimic each other clinically, but are distinct pathophysiologically...

    Authors: Sau Xiong Ang, Chie-Pein Chen, Fang-Ju Sun and Chen-Yu Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2021 21:293

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