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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Content type: Research article

    Misreporting of energy intake is common and can contribute to biased estimates of the relationship between diet and disease. Energy intake misreporting is poorly understood in pregnancy and there is limited re...

    Authors: L. J. Moran, S. A. McNaughton, Z. Sui, C. Cramp, A. R. Deussen, R. M. Grivell and J. M. Dodd

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:204

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Preeclampsia, a multisystem disorder in pregnancies complicates with maternal and fetal morbidity. Early- and late-onset preeclampsia, defined as preeclampsia developed before and after 34 weeks of gestation, ...

    Authors: Shu-Han You, Po-Jen Cheng, Ting-Ting Chung, Chang-Fu Kuo, Hsien-Ming Wu and Pao-Hsien Chu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:199

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Ensuring equitable access to maternal health care including antenatal, delivery, postnatal services and fertility control methods, is one of the most critical challenges for public health sector. There are sig...

    Authors: Sanni Yaya, Olalekan A. Uthman, Agbessi Amouzou, Michael Ekholuenetale and Ghose Bishwajit

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:194

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Maternal predictors of folic acid (FA) supplementation use to reduce offspring risk of neural tube defects are well known, while paternal determinants for maternal FA use are less known. Such knowledge is impo...

    Authors: Jan Helge Seglem Mortensen, Nina Øyen, Roy M. Nilsen, Tatiana Fomina, Steinar Tretli and Tone Bjørge

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:188

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