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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

    The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy, safety and tolerability of intravenous iron sucrose with that of oral ferrous fumarate in iron deficiency anemia during 14 to 34 weeks of pregnancy.

    Authors: Shruti B. Bhavi and Purushottam B. Jaju

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:137

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Primary infection with Toxoplasma gondii during pregnancy may pose a threat to the fetus. Women infected prior to conception are unlikely to transmit the parasite to the fetus. If maternal serology indicates a po...

    Authors: Gry Findal, Anne Helbig, Guttorm Haugen, Pål A. Jenum and Babill Stray-Pedersen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:127

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  3. Content type: Study protocol

    Increasing recognition has been received regarding the proven and suggested links between multi-level environmental exposures on a broad scale (e.g., chemical, clinical, behavioral, physical and social) and he...

    Authors: Yeyi Zhu, Monique M. Hedderson, Juanran Feng, Ashley A. Mevi and Assiamira Ferrara

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:122

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Pharmacogenetics is an emerging field currently being implemented to improve safety when prescribing drugs. While many women who take drugs during pregnancy would likely benefit from such personalized drug the...

    Authors: Aizati N. A. Daud, Eefke L. Bergsma, Jorieke E. H. Bergman, Hermien E. K. De Walle, Wilhelmina S. Kerstjens-Frederikse, Bert J. Bijker, Eelko Hak and Bob Wilffert

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:120

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    In the United States, preterm birth (PTB) before 37 weeks gestational age occurs at an unacceptably high rate, and large racial disparities persist. To date, medical and public health interventions have achiev...

    Authors: Liwei Chen, Amy H. Crockett, Sarah Covington-Kolb, Emily Heberlein, Lu Zhang and Xiaoqian Sun

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:118

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  6. Content type: Research article

    A wide range of health care options are utilised by pregnant women in Australia. The out-of-pocket costs of maternity care in Australia vary depending on many factors including model of care utilised, health i...

    Authors: Jon Adams, Amie Steel, Jane Frawley, Alex Broom and David Sibbritt

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:114

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Parental obesity is highly predictive of child obesity, and preterm infants are at greater risk of obesity, but little is known about obese and non-obese mothers’ responsiveness to preterm infant cues during f...

    Authors: Evanthia A. Arianas, Kristin M. Rankin, Kathleen F. Norr and Rosemary C. White-Traut

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:113

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  8. Content type: Case report

    Ectopic pregnancy (EP) occurs in 1% of pregnancies and is reported to be more common in in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) pregnancies. An abdominal ectopic pregnancy (AEP) is a...

    Authors: Atsushi Yanaihara, Shirei Ohgi, Kenichirou Motomura, Yuko Hagiwara, Tae Mogami, Keisuke Saito and Takumi Yanaihara

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:108

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  9. Content type: Research article

    A healthy diet is important for pregnancy outcome and the current and future health of woman and child. The aims of the study were to explore the changes from pre-pregnancy to early pregnancy in consumption of...

    Authors: Marianne Skreden, Elling Bere, Linda R. Sagedal, Ingvild Vistad and Nina C. Øverby

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:107

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity (PA) during pregnancy is associated with a variety of health benefits including a reduced risk of pregnancy related conditions such as pre-eclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension and lea...

    Authors: Melanie Hayman, Peter Reaburn, Matthew Browne, Corneel Vandelanotte, Stephanie Alley and Camille E. Short

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:96

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  11. Content type: Research article

    In 2012, Uganda started implementing lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) for prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) in line with the WHO 2012 guidelines. This study explored experiences of HIV in...

    Authors: Esther Buregyeya, Rose Naigino, Aggrey Mukose, Fred Makumbi, Godfrey Esiru, Jim Arinaitwe, Joshua Musinguzi and Rhoda K. Wanyenze

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:94

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Patient decision aids (PtDAs) help people make difficult, values-sensitive decisions. Prenatal screening for assessing the risk of genetic conditions in the fetus is one such decision and patient decision aids...

    Authors: Maria Esther Leiva Portocarrero, Anik M. C. Giguère, Johanie Lépine, Mirjam M. Garvelink, Hubert Robitaille, Agathe Delanoë, Isabelle Lévesque, Brenda J. Wilson, François Rousseau and France Légaré

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:90

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Cesarean scar pregnancy (CSP) is a late serious complication of cesarean section. There has been an increase in the incidence of CSP worldwide in recent years. It’s a life-threatening condition because of the ...

    Authors: Zhi-Da Qian, Yue Weng, Chun-Fen Wang, Li-Li Huang and Xiao-Ming Zhu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:84

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Our recent paper, based on a pilot cohort of 119 women, showed that serum progesterone <35 nmol/L was prognostic of spontaneous miscarriage by 16 weeks in women with threatened miscarriage in early pregnancy. ...

    Authors: Sze Min Lek, Chee Wai Ku, John C. Allen Jr, Rahul Malhotra, Nguan Soon Tan, Truls Østbye and Thiam Chye Tan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:78

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Though nausea and vomiting is very common during pregnancy, no studies have investigated the impact of this condition on the women’s daily lives in a Scandinavian population. The aim of this study was to descr...

    Authors: Kristine Heitmann, Hedvig Nordeng, Gro C. Havnen, Anja Solheimsnes and Lone Holst

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:75

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Asthma and pregnancy are both sources of anxiety for women. Although there has been a focus on physiological management of asthma and pregnancy, there has been little research on the impact that personalised s...

    Authors: Graham R. Williamson, Anita O’Connor and Elmslie-Jones Kayleigh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:69

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  17. Content type: Case report

    Congenital tuberculosis is a rare manifestation of tuberculosis. The diagnosis is often delayed, especially in preterm neonates because of the non-specific clinical presentation and the lack of awareness of ma...

    Authors: Veronica Samedi, Stephen K. Field, Essa Al Awad, Gregory Ratcliffe and Kamran Yusuf

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:66

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Preterm birth contributes to 0.5 million deliveries in the United States (one of eight pregnancies) and poses a huge burden on public health with costs in the billions. Of particular concern is that the rate o...

    Authors: Susan E. Carlson, Byron J. Gajewski, Christina J. Valentine, Lynette K. Rogers, Carl P. Weiner, Emily A. DeFranco and Catalin S. Buhimschi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:62

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Antenatal education needs to be renewed and adapted to the needs of women. Objectives: to assess women needs, identify factors that influence the desired outcomes, and propose a framework for developing new pe...

    Authors: Isabel Artieta-Pinedo, Carmen Paz-Pascual, Gonzalo Grandes and Maite Espinosa

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:58

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Pregnancy termination for fetal abnormality (TFA) may have profound psychological consequences for those involved. Evidence suggests that women’s experience of care influences their psychological adjustment to...

    Authors: Caroline Lafarge, Kathryn Mitchell, Andrew C. G. Breeze and Pauline Fox

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:60

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