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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

    Our aims were to (1) describe the frequency of physical activity and prenatal healthcare provider advice about physical activity during pregnancy and (2) examine determinants and correlates of 3rd trimester ph...

    Authors: Eilann C. Santo, Peter W. Forbes, Emily Oken and Mandy B. Belfort

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:286

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    In light of the adverse outcomes for mothers and offspring related to maternal obesity, identification of subgroups of women at risk of prepregnancy obesity and its related-adverse issues is crucial for optimi...

    Authors: Julie Boudet-Berquier, Benoit Salanave, Jean-Claude Desenclos and Katia Castetbon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:273

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Sufficient iodine intake is needed during pregnancy to ensure proper fetal development. The iodine levels of women in their first trimester of pregnancy in Catalonia are currently unknown. This data would help...

    Authors: Maria Teresa Torres, Lidia Francés, Lluis Vila, Josep María Manresa, Gemma Falguera, Gemma Prieto, Roser Casamitjana and Pere Toran

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:249

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Presently, the matter of pregnancy outcomes of patients with pregnancy related AKI (PR-AKI) were disputed. Thus, we conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the impact of PR-AKI on pregnancy outcomes.

    Authors: Youxia Liu, Xinxin Ma, Jie Zheng, Xiangchun Liu and Tiekun Yan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:235

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have investigated the drug utilization patterns and factors predicting drug use in pregnant women with migraine. This longitudinal drug utilization study aimed to describe patterns of analgesic use...

    Authors: Gerd-Marie Eskerud Harris, Mollie Wood, Malin Eberhard-Gran, Christofer Lundqvist and Hedvig Nordeng

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:224

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  6. Content type: Study protocol

    Preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks of gestation) is a major problem in obstetrics and affects an estimated 15 million pregnancies worldwide annually. A history of previous preterm birth is the strongest risk...

    Authors: Laura Visser, Marjon A. de Boer, Christianne J. M. de Groot, Tobias A. J. Nijman, Marieke A. C. Hemels, Kitty W. M. Bloemenkamp, Judith E. Bosmans, Marjolein Kok, Judith O. van Laar, Marieke Sueters, Hubertina Scheepers, Joris van Drongelen, Maureen T. M. Franssen, J. Marko Sikkema, Hans J. J. Duvekot, Mireille N. Bekker…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:223

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  7. Content type: Study protocol

    Preterm birth is in quantity and in severity the most important contributor of perinatal morbidity and mortality both in well- and low-resource countries. Cervical pessary and cervical cerclage are both consid...

    Authors: Bouchra Koullali, Liselotte E.M. van Kempen, Maud D. van Zijl, Christiana A. Naaktgeboren, Ewoud Schuit, Dick J. Bekedam, Maureen T.M. Franssen, Sebastiaan W.A. Nij Bijvank, Marieke Sueters, Marchien van Baal, Marjon A. de Boer, Angelo B. Hooker, Brenda B.J. Hermsen, Toon A.A.M. Toolenaar, Joost J. Zwart, David P. van der Ham…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:215

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    In this protocol we describe a mixed methods study in the province of South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo evaluating the effectiveness of different demand side strategies to increase maternal health servi...

    Authors: Mari Dumbaugh, Wyvine Bapolisi, Jennie van de Weerd, Michel Zabiti, Paula Mommers, Ghislain Bisimwa Balaluka and Sonja Merten

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:212

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Caesarean scar pregnancy (CSP) is a late serious complication of caesarean section. The incidence of CSP has increased worldwide in recent years. Early diagnosis and prompt therapy are crucial to avoid catastr...

    Authors: Zhi-Da Qian, Yue Weng, Yong-Jiang Du, Chun-Fen Wang and Li-Li Huang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:208

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The Auckland Stillbirth study demonstrated a two-fold increased risk of late stillbirth for women who did not go to sleep on their left side. Two further studies have confirmed an increased risk of late stillb...

    Authors: Robin S. Cronin, Carol Chelimo, Edwin A. Mitchell, Kara Okesene-Gafa, John M. D. Thompson, Rennae S. Taylor, B. Lynne Hutchison and Lesley M. E. McCowan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:190

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Low n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) has been linked to depression, but the preventive effect of n-3PUFAs supplementation on maternal depression needs further investigation. We aimed to evaluate the eff...

    Authors: Juliana dos Santos Vaz, Dayana Rodrigues Farias, Amanda Rodrigues Amorim Adegboye, Antonio Egidio Nardi and Gilberto Kac

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:180

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The effectiveness of prenatal lifestyle intervention to prevent gestational diabetes and improve maternal glucose metabolism remains to be established. The Norwegian Fit for Delivery (NFFD) randomized, control...

    Authors: Linda R. Sagedal, Ingvild Vistad, Nina C. Øverby, Elling Bere, Monica K. Torstveit, Hilde Lohne-Seiler, Elisabet R. Hillesund, Are Pripp and Tore Henriksen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:167

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Globally, the prevalence of post term pregnancy (PTP) is about 5-10%, but the rate varies considerably between and within countries. PTP is defined as a pregnancy ≥294 days, but the definition is arbitrary. Ma...

    Authors: Anna Wessberg, Ingela Lundgren and Helen Elden

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:162

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    Adverse birth and neonatal outcomes disproportionately affect African American women and infants compared to those of other races/ethnicities. While significant research has sought to identify underlying facto...

    Authors: Elizabeth J. Corwin, Carol J. Hogue, Bradley Pearce, Cherie C. Hill, Timothy D. Read, Jennifer Mulle and Anne L. Dunlop

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:161

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:395

  15. Content type: Research article

    Ghana’s current Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of 319 per 100,000 live births makes achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal of 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births or less by 2030 appear to be il...

    Authors: William Gudu and Bright Addo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:159

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The World Health Organization (WHO) considers pregnant women to be a risk group for severe influenza disease. We conducted a systematic review to evaluate influenza disease incidence in pregnant women in order...

    Authors: Mark A. Katz, Bradford D. Gessner, Jeanene Johnson, Becky Skidmore, Marian Knight, Niranjan Bhat, Helen Marshall, David J. Horne, Justin R. Ortiz and Deshayne B. Fell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:155

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:192

  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Excessive maternal pre-pregnancy and gestational weight gain are related to pregnancy- and birth outcomes. The interpregnancy time window offers a unique opportunity to intervene in order to acquire a healthy ...

    Authors: Annick Bogaerts, Lieveke Ameye, Margriet Bijlholt, Kelly Amuli, Dorine Heynickx and Roland Devlieger

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:154

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  18. Content type: Research article

    In 2011 Switzerland reported the highest infant mortality rate among Western European countries, as well as the highest percentage of foreign population (23%). The comparison of the Swiss and foreign populatio...

    Authors: Philippe Wanner and Paola Bollini

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:151

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Peri-conceptional use of folic acid supplements is recommended to prevent neural tube defects. Correct supplement use seems to be less common among ethnic minorities. We examined ethnic differences in folic ac...

    Authors: Tarja I. Kinnunen, Line Sletner, Christine Sommer, Martine C. Post and Anne Karen Jenum

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:143

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Globally, an estimated 289,000 maternal deaths occurred in 2013. Majority of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Mobility of pastoralists is a well-recognized survival strategy in ar...

    Authors: Wako Golicha Wako and Dejene Hailu Kassa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:144

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