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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. Blood flow in the corpus luteum is associated with luteal function. However, the impact of luteal blood flow on methotrexate (MTX) treatment in women with unruptured tubal pregnancy has not been reported. The ...

    Authors: Li Wang, Meili Pei, Ting Yang, Juan Zhao and Xiaofeng Yang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:190

    Content type: Research article

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  2. This study aims to explore the potential association between unintended pregnancy and maternal health complications. Secondarily, we test whether antenatal care (ANC) and community health worker (CHW) visits m...

    Authors: Nabamallika Dehingia, Anvita Dixit, Yamini Atmavilas, Dharmendra Chandurkar, Kultar Singh, Jay Silverman and Anita Raj

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:188

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  3. Frequently observed sleep/wake problems among pregnant women need comprehensive evaluation. This study was conducted to clarify the sleep/wake problems among pregnant women without gestational complications du...

    Authors: Shiho Umeno, Chiho Kato, Yuki Nagaura, Hideaki Kondo and Hiromi Eto

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:179

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  4. Opioid use disorder (OUD) is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality for women, especially during the perinatal period. Opioid overdose has become a significant cause of maternal death in the Unite...

    Authors: Daisy J. Goodman, Elizabeth C. Saunders and Kristina B. Wolff

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:178

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Aortic dissection is a rare and emergent condition. Aortic dissection during pregnancy is not much known but it is quite lethal to both mother and infant. Earlier reports published show that clinicians conduct...

    Authors: Lu Zhang, Bin Yan, Xue Cui, Jinghong Liu and Fangxin Shi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:177

    Content type: Case report

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  6. Hyperhomocysteinemia may be a risk factor for endothelial dysfunction. Folate and vitamin B12 regulate the homocysteine metabolic process. This study aimed to evaluate the associations between subsequent event...

    Authors: Chenggui Liu, Dan Luo, Qin Wang, Yan Ma, Longyu Ping, Ting Wu, Jian Tang, Duanliang Peng and PingZhao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:176

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Mild to moderate iodine deficiency in pregnant women may expose them to the increased risk of the development of goiter and thyroid disorder. There is a relationship between low maternal UIC (Urinary iodine co...

    Authors: Soraya Saleh Gargari, Reyhaneh Fateh, Mina Bakhshali-bakhtiari, Masoumeh Saleh, Masoumeh Mirzamoradi and Mahmood Bakhtiyari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:174

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Labor induction is among the common and widely practiced obstetric interventions aiming at achieving vaginal delivery. However, cesarean section (CS) delivery incidences have been reported following its use. T...

    Authors: Clifford Silver Tarimo, Michael J. Mahande and Joseph Obure

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:173

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Various forms of life stressors have been implicated as causes of antenatal depression. However, there is a lack of understanding of which forms of stress lead to antenatal depression and through what mechanis...

    Authors: Abel Fekadu Dadi, Emma R. Miller, Richard Woodman, Telake Azale Bisetegn and Lillian Mwanri

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:168

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Adverse obstetric outcomes are correlated with altered circulating hormone levels at the time implantation by the trophectoderm. What’ more, embryo freezing process may also have adverse effect on perinatal ou...

    Authors: Shiqiao Hu, Bei Xu, Rui Long and Lei Jin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:161

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Psychological distress during pregnancy is common: up to 20% of the childbearing women experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. Apart from the adverse effects on the woman herself, pregnancy distress can...

    Authors: Lianne P. Hulsbosch, Ivan Nyklíček, Eva S. Potharst, Margreet Meems, Myrthe G. B. M. Boekhorst and Victor J. M. Pop

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:159

    Content type: Study protocol

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  12. Immigrants in Germany exhibit higher levels of social disadvantage when compared to the non-immigrated population. Turkish-origin immigrants constitute an important immigrant group in Germany and show disparit...

    Authors: Jacob Spallek, Laura Scholaske, Medlin Kurt, Denise Lindner-Matthes and Sonja Entringer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:158

    Content type: Study protocol

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  13. Despite significant research, the reasons for racial health disparities among adverse birth outcomes (ABO) remain largely unknown. The bulk of research into racial health disparities among ABO in the United St...

    Authors: James A. Thompson and Melissa A. Suter

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:155

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Most studies have showed that maternal depression is associated with pregnancy complications. However, there were limited evidences in Chinese population. We examined the associations of antenatal depression s...

    Authors: Xiuxiu Li, Rui Gao, Xiaowei Dai, Hong Liu, Jinxin Zhang, Xuemei Liu, Dongmei Si, Te Deng and Wei Xia

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:147

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  15. Preventing unintended pregnancies among HIV positive women is one component of HIV prevention strategies. However, programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV started in antenatal care. The...

    Authors: Zebideru Zewdie, Mezgebu Yitayal, Yigzaw Kebede and Abebaw Gebeyehu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:145

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Gestational diabetes mellitus is associated with increased incidence of adverse perinatal outcomes including newborns large for gestational age, macrosomia, preeclampsia, polyhydramnios, stillbirth, and neonat...

    Authors: Juan Jesús Fernández-Alba, Estefanía Soto Pazos, Rocío Moreno Cortés, Ángel Vilar Sánchez, Carmen González Macías, María Castillo Lara, Luis Moreno Corral and José Antonio Sainz Bueno

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:139

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  17. Despite the supplementation of iron-folic acid is the recommended strategy during the antenatal period; iron deficiency anemia is the commonest hematologic complication during pregnancy. Therefore, this system...

    Authors: Fikadu Waltengus Sendeku, Getnet Gedefaw Azeze and Selamawit Lake Fenta

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:138

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  18. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the maternal omentin-1 level, quality of life and marital satisfaction of women with cesarean and vaginal delivery.

    Authors: Simin Parvanehvar, Najmeh Tehranian, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad and Hossein Mozdarani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:136

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  19. It is well known that maternal smoking during pregnancy and maternal pre-pregnancy overweight have opposite effects on the infants’ birth weight. We report on the association of the combination between both ri...

    Authors: Thanin Chattrapiban, Henriette A. Smit, Alet H. Wijga, Bert Brunekreef, Judith M. Vonk, Ulrike Gehring and Lenie van Rossem

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:132

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  20. In sub-Saharan Africa, maternal death due to direct obstetric complications remains an important health threat for women. A high direct obstetric case fatality rate indicates a poor quality of obstetric care. ...

    Authors: Ayele Geleto, Catherine Chojenta, Tefera Taddele and Deborah Loxton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:130

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  21. Preeclampsia is a major pregnancy complication that results in significant maternal and infant mortality, most of which occurs in low and middle-income countries. The accurate and timely diagnosis of preeclamp...

    Authors: Evelyn A. Huhn, Ina Hoffmann, Begoña Martinez De Tejada, Soeren Lange, Kylie M. Sage, Charles T. Roberts, Michael G. Gravett, Srinivasa R. Nagalla and Olav Lapaire

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:128

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  22. Sleep problems in late pregnancy are common, but sleep in early pregnancy is less well described. The aim of this study was to describe the occurrence and severity of sleep complaints in early pregnancy. We as...

    Authors: Ruth K. Ertmann, Dagny R. Nicolaisdottir, Jakob Kragstrup, Volkert Siersma and Melissa C. Lutterodt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:123

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  23. Previous studies showed that thyroid dysfunction in women with gestational hypertension could negatively affect maternal and fetal outcomes. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether thyroid dysfunction a...

    Authors: Juan Gui, Wangming Xu and Jie Zhang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:119

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  24. For the first time, we aimed to introduce a model for prediction of placenta accreta spectrum (PAS), using existing sonography indices.

    Authors: Mahboobeh Boroomand fard, Maryam Kasraeian, Homeira Vafaei, Mojgan Akbarzadeh Jahromi, Payam Arasteh, Hadi Raeisi Shahraki and Peyman Arasteh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:111

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  25. Chromosomal microarray (CMA) has been shown to be cost-effective over karyotyping in invasive prenatal diagnosis for pregnancies with fetal ultrasound anomalies. Yet, information regarding preceding and subseq...

    Authors: Claudia Ching Yan Chung, Kelvin Yuen Kwong Chan, Pui Wah Hui, Patrick Kwok Cheung Au, Wai Keung Tam, Samuel Kai Man Li, Gordon Ka Chun Leung, Jasmine Lee Fong Fung, Marcus Chun Yin Chan, Ho Ming Luk, Annisa Shui Lam Mak, Kwok Yin Leung, Mary Hoi Yin Tang, Brian Hon Yin Chung and Anita Sik Yau Kan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:109

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  26. Maternal overweight and obesity are related to several health risks in the periods before, during and after pregnancy including a higher risk of gestational diabetes mellitus, preeclampsia and preterm birth. A...

    Authors: Y. E. G. Timmermans, K. D. G. van de Kant, J. S. M. Krumeich, L. J. I. Zimmermann, E. Dompeling, B. W. Kramer, L. L. J. Maassen, M. A. E. Spaanderman and A. C. E. Vreugdenhil

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:105

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  27. Striae gravidarum are a common occurrence in pregnancy and many women use a topical product to prevent their development or lessen their appearance if they do develop. There is a lack of evidence on the effect...

    Authors: Miriam Brennan, Mike Clarke, Declan Devane and Maura Dowling

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:103

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  28. Inappropriate gestational weight gain in pregnancy may negatively impact health outcomes for mothers and babies. While optimal gestational weight gain is often not acheived, effective counselling by antenatal ...

    Authors: Beth Murray-Davis, Howard Berger, Nir Melamed, Karizma Mawjee, Maisah Syed, Jon Barrett, Joel G. Ray, Michael Geary and Sarah D. McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:102

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  29. The UK National Institute for health and Care Excellence (NICE) publish guidance aimed at standardising practice. Evidence regarding how well recommendations are implemented and what clinicians think about gui...

    Authors: Diane Farrar, Derek Tuffnell and Trevor A. Sheldon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:101

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  30. Sedentary behavior (SED) is a potential risk factor for poor pregnancy outcomes. We evaluated the validity of several common and one new method to assess SED across three trimesters of pregnancy.

    Authors: Bethany Barone Gibbs, Joshua L. Paley, Melissa A. Jones, Kara M. Whitaker, Christopher P. Connolly and Janet M. Catov

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:99

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  31. Circadian rhythm plays an important role as our internal body’s clock that synchronizes behavior and physiology according to the external 24-h light-dark cycle. Past studies have associated disrupted circadian...

    Authors: Satvinder Kaur, Ai Ni Teoh, Nurul Husna Mohd Shukri, Siti Raihanah Shafie, Normina Ahmad Bustami, Masaki Takahashi, Pei Jean Lim and Shigenobu Shibata

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:96

    Content type: Study protocol

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  32. Preventing unintended pregnancy is an important issue for women undergoing bariatric surgery, not only to avoid an adverse fetal outcome but to also ensure maximum weight loss for mother. Current guidelines st...

    Authors: Alireza Khalaj, Fatemeh Ghadimi, Majid Valizadeh and Maryam Barzin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:94

    Content type: Case report

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  33. All non-sensitized Rhesus D (RhD)-negative pregnant women in Germany receive antenatal anti-D prophylaxis without knowledge of fetal RhD status. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) of cell-free fetal DNA in m...

    Authors: Britta Runkel, Gregor Bein, Wiebke Sieben, Dorothea Sow, Stephanie Polus and Daniel Fleer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:83

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  34. Water requirements increases with gestational age. Insufficient water intake causes dehydration, which may adversely affect maternal health and birth outcomes. However, few related studies have been conducted....

    Authors: Na Zhang, Fan Zhang, Su Chen, Feng Han, Guotian Lin, Yufei Zhai, Hairong He, Jianfen Zhang and Guansheng Ma

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:82

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  35. Preeclampsia (PE) is a serious complication of pregnancy and one of the main causes of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in the world. Finding a biomarker with high sensitivity and specificity coul...

    Authors: Pooneh Nikuei, Minoo Rajaei, Nasibeh Roozbeh, Fatemeh Mohseni, Fatemeh Poordarvishi, Mohsen Azad and Solmaz Haidari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:80

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  36. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) - a transitory form of diabetes induced by pregnancy - has potentially important short and long-term health consequences for both the mother and her baby. There is no global...

    Authors: Louise Craig, Rebecca Sims, Paul Glasziou and Rae Thomas

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:76

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  37. Hospital admission during pregnancy complications is considered to be an event of significant impact. Besides conventional in-clinic maternal and fetal monitoring, recent technologies enable home-based telemon...

    Authors: J. F. M. van den Heuvel, C. J. Teunis, A. Franx, N. M. T. H. Crombag and M. N. Bekker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:77

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  38. Overweight and gestational diabetes are risk factors for pregnancy complications. We hypothesized that the metabolic impact of overweight on pregnancy outcome, would be different if it was combined with a pred...

    Authors: Ulrika Moll, Håkan Olsson and Mona Landin-Olsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:74

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  39. Gestational diabetes mellitus is a leading medical condition woman encounter during pregnancy with serious short- and long-term consequences for maternal morbidity. However, limited evidence was available on p...

    Authors: Achenef Asmamaw Muche, Oladapo O. Olayemi and Yigzaw Kebede Gete

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:73

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  40. Salpingectomy-associated uterine rupture during intrauterine pregnancy is rare in the clinic. We report a case of pregnancy with bilateral rupture of the uterine horns after bilateral salpingectomy.

    Authors: Jinhua Dong, Yunfei Cao, Qiang Ma, Lili Xue and Weiying Zhu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:71

    Content type: Case report

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  41. An aberrant composition of the salivary microbiota has been found in individuals with type 2 diabetes, and in pregnant women salivary microbiota composition has been associated with preeclampsia and pre-term b...

    Authors: Mie K. W. Crusell, Lærke R. Brink, Trine Nielsen, Kristine H. Allin, Torben Hansen, Peter Damm, Jeannet Lauenborg, Tue H. Hansen and Oluf Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:69

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  42. Perinatal depression and anxiety are increasingly recognized as important public health issues in low and middle-income countries such as Rwanda and may have negative consequences for both mothers and their in...

    Authors: Marie Providence Umuziga, Oluyinka Adejumo and Michaela Hynie

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:68

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  43. Women with preeclampsia (PE) and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) are at increased risk for later cardiovascular disease, and lifestyle measures are recommended to prevent subsequent disease. Partner suppor...

    Authors: Ingfrid Almli, Hege S. Haugdahl, Heidi L. Sandsæter, Janet W. Rich-Edwards and Julie Horn

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:66

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  44. Physical activity (PA) tends to decline during pregnancy, and remains low in the early postpartum period, despite the known physical and psychological benefits. This study aimed to explore: (1) women’s experie...

    Authors: Amy Findley, Debbie M. Smith, Kathryn Hesketh and Chris Keyworth

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2020 20:54

    Content type: Research article

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