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BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

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

    Worldwide, pertussis remains a major health problem among children. During the recent outbreaks of pertussis, maternal antenatal immunisation was introduced in several industrial countries. This systematic rev...

    Authors: Marie Furuta, Jacqueline Sin, Edmond S. W. Ng and Kay Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:390

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Pre-pregnancy obesity and postpartum mental disorders are prevalent health risks to both the mother and the offspring. The objective of our study was to examine whether a history of childhood maltreatment is a...

    Authors: Michaela Nagl, Franziska Lehnig, Holger Stepan, Birgit Wagner and Anette Kersting

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:391

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy remain a major global health issue not only because of the associated high adverse maternal outcomes but there is a close accompaniment of significant perinatal morbidity an...

    Authors: Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, Michael Y. Ntumy, Samuel A. Obed and Joseph D. Seffah

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:388

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Maternal critical illness occurs in 1.2 to 4.7 of every 1000 live births in the United States and approximately 1 in 100 women who become critically ill will die. Patient characteristics and comorbid condition...

    Authors: Kazuyoshi Aoyama, Rohan D’Souza, Eiichi Inada, Stephen E. Lapinsky and Robert A. Fowler

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:372

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have investigated physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior (SB) in relation to fasting (FG) and 2-h postprandial plasma glucose (2hPG) levels and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM); we invest...

    Authors: Natarajan Padmapriya, Jonathan Y. Bernard, Shen Liang, See Ling Loy, Shirong Cai, Iris Shen Zhe, Kenneth Kwek, Keith M. Godfrey, Peter D. Gluckman, Seang Mei Saw, Yap-Seng Chong, Jerry Kok Yen Chan and Falk Müller-Riemenschneider

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:364

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Maternal perception of decreased fetal movements and low awareness of fetal movements are associated with a negative birth outcome. Mindfetalness is a method developed for women to facilitate systematic observ...

    Authors: Anna Akselsson, Susanne Georgsson, Helena Lindgren, Karin Pettersson and Ingela Rådestad

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:359

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Caesarean delivery (CD) increases the risk of postpartum infection by 5 to 20 fold. Prevention of surgical site infection (SSI) is the goal of antibiotic prophylaxis. This study was carried out to assess the o...

    Authors: Chinta Annie Jyothirmayi, Ajay Halder, Bijesh Yadav, Santosh Thomas Samuel, Anil Kuruvilla and Ruby Jose

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:340

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The management of pregnancy-associated-cancer (PAC) requires epidemiological evaluation of the pathways of care. The aim of this study was to describe maternal and neonatal outcomes of PAC in Martinique.

    Authors: Kathleen Melan, Jean-Luc Volumenie, Gaël Wan-Ajouhu, Stephen Ulric-Gervaise, Jacqueline Veronique-Baudin and Clarisse Joachim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:334

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Weight gain during pregnancy has an important impact on maternal and neonatal health. Unlike the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations for weight gain in singleton pregnancies, those for twin gestations ...

    Authors: Olha Lutsiv, Adam Hulman, Christy Woolcott, Joseph Beyene, Lucy Giglia, B. Anthony Armson, Linda Dodds, Binod Neupane and Sarah D. McDonald

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:330

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to investigate the outcome of chiropractic management for a subgroup of pregnant women with dominating one-sided pelvic girdle pain (PGP).

    Authors: Anne Marie Gausel, Inger Kjærmann, Stefan Malmqvist, Knut Andersen, Ingvild Dalen, Jan Petter Larsen and Inger Økland

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:331

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Psychiatric illness before delivery increases the risk of giving birth by caesarean section on maternal request (CSMR) but little is known about these women’s mental health after childbirth. In this study we a...

    Authors: Louise Möller, Ann Josefsson, Marie Bladh, Caroline Lilliecreutz, Ellika Andolf and G. Sydsjö

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:326

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Recent policy and service provision recommends a woman-centred approach to maternity care. Midwife-led models of care are seen as one important strategy for enhancing women’s choice; a core element of woman-ce...

    Authors: Andrew Hunter, Declan Devane, Catherine Houghton, Annmarie Grealish, Agnes Tully and Valerie Smith

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:322

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Metformin is widely used to treat gestational diabetes (GDM), but many women remain hyperglycaemic and require additional therapy. We aimed to determine recruitment rate and participant throughput in a randomi...

    Authors: Rebecca M. Reynolds, Fiona C. Denison, Ed Juszczak, Jennifer L. Bell, Jessica Penneycard, Mark W. J. Strachan, Robert S. Lindsay, Claire I. Alexander, Corinne D. B. Love, Sonia Whyte, Fiona Mackenzie, Ben Stenson and Jane E. Norman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:316

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  14. Content type: Case report

    The increase in serum estradiol (E2) concentrations during the follicular phase becomes the index of oocyte maturation in vivo. When ovarian stimulation is performed to hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) patient...

    Authors: Kaori Matsumoto, Kazuhiko Imakawa and Chuyu Hayashi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:312

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The relation between grand multiparity (GMP) and the possible adverse pregnancy outcomes is not well identified. GMP (parity ≥5 births) frequently occurs in the Arab nations; therefore, this study aimed to ide...

    Authors: Ghadeer K. Al-Shaikh, Gehan H. Ibrahim, Amel A. Fayed and Hazem Al-Mandeel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:310

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy-specific hypertensive disorder usually occurs after 20 weeks of gestation. It is one of the leading causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. In Ethiopia,...

    Authors: Teklit Grum, Abiy Seifu, Mebrahtu Abay, Teklit Angesom and Lidiya Tsegay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:307

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  17. Content type: Research article

    During pregnancy, the hyperdynamic physiology of circulation can exacerbate many cardiovascular disorders. Congestive heart failure (CHF) usually occurs during late pregnancy, which is significantly associated...

    Authors: Ying-Jen Chang, Chung-Han Ho, Jen-Yin Chen, Ming-Ping Wu, Chia-Hung Yu, Jhi-Joung Wang, Chia-Ming Chen and Chin-Chen Chu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:302

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Process evaluation is an essential part of designing and assessing complex interventions. The vitamin D and lifestyle intervention study (DALI) study is testing different strategies to prevent development of g...

    Authors: Judith G. M. Jelsma, David Simmons, Nina Gobat, Stephen Rollnick, Kinga Blumska, Goele Jans, Sander Galjaard, Gernot Desoye, Rosa Corcoy, Fabiola Juarez, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, Jürgen Harreiter, Andre van Assche, Roland Devlieger, Dirk Timmerman, David Hill…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:293

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