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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: 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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  2. 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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    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Content type: Case report

    Fanconi anaemia is a rare inherited disease characterized by congenital abnormalities, progressive bone marrow failure and predisposition to malignancy. Successful pregnancies in transplanted patients have bee...

    Authors: Flavia Sorbi, Federico Mecacci, Alessandro Di Filippo and Massimiliano Fambrini

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:53

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Despite improvement, maternal mortality in Haiti remains high at 359/100,000 live births. Improving access to high quality antenatal and postnatal care has been shown to reduce maternal mortality and improve n...

    Authors: Kelsey R. Mirkovic, Eva Lathrop, Erin N. Hulland, Reginald Jean-Louis, Daniel Lauture, Ghislaine Desinor D’Alexis, Endang Handzel and Reynold Grand-Pierre

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:52

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:88

  27. Content type: Research article

    Due to high rates of multiple birth and preterm birth following fertility treatment, the rates of mortality and morbidity among births following fertility treatment were higher than those conceived spontaneous...

    Authors: Alex Y Wang, Abrar A. Chughtai, Kei Lui and Elizabeth A. Sullivan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:50

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Research into the impact of unintended pregnancy on the wellbeing of women tends to focus on pregnancies ending in either termination or lone motherhood. Unintended pregnancy is common in partnered women, but ...

    Authors: Katherine Barton, Maggie Redshaw, Maria A. Quigley and Claire Carson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:44

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  29. Content type: Study protocol

    Unhealthy nutrition and lifestyle contribute to the worldwide rising prevalence of non-communicable diseases. This also accounts for the reproductive population, in which unhealthy behavior affects fertility a...

    Authors: Matthijs R. van Dijk, Elsje C. Oostingh, Maria P. H. Koster, Sten P. Willemsen, Joop S. E. Laven and Régine P. M. Steegers-Theunissen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:46

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  30. Content type: Study protocol

    Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is a serious obstetric condition for which there is currently no treatment. The EVERREST Prospective Study has been designed to characterise the natural history of pregnancies af...

    Authors: Rebecca Spencer, Gareth Ambler, Jana Brodszki, Anke Diemert, Francesc Figueras, Eduard Gratacós, Stefan R. Hansson, Kurt Hecher, Angela Huertas-Ceballos, Neil Marlow, Karel Marsál, Eva Morsing, Donald Peebles, Carlo Rossi, Neil J. Sebire, John F. Timms…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:43

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Preterm delivery increases the risk of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Studies suggest that maternal diet may affect the prevalence of preterm delivery. The aim of this study was to assess whether maternal i...

    Authors: Anne Lise Brantsæter, Linda Englund-Ögge, Margareta Haugen, Bryndis Eva Birgisdottir, Helle Katrine Knutsen, Verena Sengpiel, Ronny Myhre, Jan Alexander, Roy M. Nilsen, Bo Jacobsson and Helle Margrete Meltzer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:41

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:61

  32. Content type: Research article

    Midwife facilitated, group models of antenatal care have emerged as an alternative to conventional care both within Australia and internationally. Group antenatal care can be offered in a number of different w...

    Authors: Lauren Kearney, Mary Kynn, Alison Craswell and Rachel Reed

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:39

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    There are a lack of data regarding the effect of basal insulin analogues on rates of events like congenital malformation and perinatal mortality in diabetic pregnancy.

    Authors: Elisabeth R. Mathiesen, Henning Andersen, Sofia I. I. Kring and Peter Damm

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:38

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Excessive gestational weight gain is associated with short and long-term adverse maternal and infant health outcomes, independent of pre-pregnancy body mass index. Weighing pregnant women as a stand-alone inte...

    Authors: Shanna M. Fealy, Rachael M. Taylor, Maralyn Foureur, John Attia, Lyn Ebert, Alessandra Bisquera and Alexis J. Hure

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:36

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Maternal infections are associated with maternal and foetal adverse outcomes. Nutrient supplementation during pregnancy may reduce the occurrence of infections by improving maternal immunity. We aimed to inves...

    Authors: Minyanga Nkhoma, Per Ashorn, Ulla Ashorn, Kathryn G. Dewey, Austrida Gondwe, John Mbotwa, Stephen Rogerson, Steve M. Taylor and Kenneth Maleta

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:35

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), defined as any degree of glucose intolerance with onset during pregnancy, is increasing worldwide, mostly because obesity among women of reproductive age is continuously es...

    Authors: Mikel Donazar-Ezcurra, Cristina López-del Burgo and Maira Bes-Rastrollo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:30

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Psychiatric disorders and use of selective antidepressants during pregnancy can have negative effects on mother and infant postpartum. This study aimed to provide evidence-based recommendations on observation ...

    Authors: Noera Kieviet, Fokke de Jong, Fedde Scheele, Koert M. Dolman and Adriaan Honig

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:23

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes is a serious and growing public health concern in South Africa, but its prevalence and distribution in pregnant women is not well known. Women diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy have a substanti...

    Authors: Lumbwe Chola, Chipo Mutyambizi, Ronel Sewpaul, Whadi-ah Parker, Zandile Mchiza, Demetre Labadarios and Charles Hongoro

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:20

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  39. Content type: Research article

    To improve early risk-identification in pregnancy, research on prediction models for common pregnancy complications is ongoing. Therefore, it was the aim of this study to explore pregnant women’s perceptions, ...

    Authors: Neeltje M. T. H. Crombag, Marije Lamain-de Ruiter, Anneke Kwee, Peter C. J. I. Schielen, Jozien M. Bensing, Gerard H. A. Visser, Arie Franx and Maria P. H. Koster

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:12

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Application of latent variable models in medical research are becoming increasingly popular. A latent trait model is developed to combine rare birth defect outcomes in an index of infant morbidity.

    Authors: Xuerong Wen, Abraham Hartzema, Joseph A. Delaney, Babette Brumback, Xuefeng Liu, Robert Egerman, Jeffrey Roth, Rich Segal and Kimford J. Meador

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:10

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Hospital discharge codes are often used to determine the incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) at state and national levels. Previous studies demonstrate substantial variability in the accuracy of G...

    Authors: Jacinda M. Nicklas, Chloe A. Zera, Janet Lui and Ellen W. Seely

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:11

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Preconception care involves health promotion to reduce risk factors that might affect women and couples of childbearing age. The risk factors of adverse reproductive outcomes include recognized genetic disease...

    Authors: Renata Bortolus, Nadia C. Oprandi, Francesca Rech Morassutti, Luca Marchetto, Francesca Filippini, Eleonora Agricola, Alberto E. Tozzi, Carlo Castellani, Faustina Lalatta, Bruno Rusticali and Pierpaolo Mastroiacovo

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:5

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Fever is a well-known side effect of misoprostol, but clinically difficult to distinguish from an intra uterine infection. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of fever in terminations of pregn...

    Authors: Tobias A. J. Nijman, Kevin G. J. A. Voogdt, Pim W. Teunissen, Patrick J. (JP) van der Voorn, Christianne J. M. de Groot and Petra C. A. M. Bakker

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017 17:7

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Peripartum cardiomyopathy is often associated with severe heart failure occurring towards the end of pregnancy or in the months following birth with debilitating, exhausting and frightening symptoms requiring ...

    Authors: Harshida Patel, Maria Schaufelberger, Cecily Begley and Marie Berg

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:386

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  45. Content type: Research article

    There is mounting evidence to support the lack of awareness among pregnant women about health consequences and long term risks associated with poor oral hygiene during pregnancy. A recognised and important poi...

    Authors: Ajesh George, Hannah G Dahlen, Jennifer Reath, Shilpi Ajwani, Sameer Bhole, Andrew Korda, Harrison Ng Chok, Charmaine Miranda, Amy Villarosa and Maree Johnson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:382

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    Exposures during the prenatal period may have lasting effects on maternal and child health outcomes. To better understand the effects of the in utero environment on children’s short- and long-term health, larg...

    Authors: M. M. Hedderson, A. Ferrara, L. A. Avalos, S. K. Van den Eeden, E. P. Gunderson, D. K. Li, A. Altschuler, S. Woo, S. Rowell, V. Choudhary, F. Xu, T. Flanagan, C. Schaefer and L. A. Croen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:381

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  47. Content type: Case report

    Heterotopic cesarean scar pregnancy is a cesarean scar pregnancy combined with an intrauterine pregnancy that predisposes a woman to life-threatening complications such as uterine rupture and massive bleeding....

    Authors: Haiyan Yu, Hong Luo, Fumin Zhao, Xinghui Liu and Xiaodong Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:380

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Laeverin is a placenta-specific membrane-bound aminopeptidase. In this study we wanted to: 1) serially measure plasma levels of laeverin in healthy women during the second half of pregnancy and postpartum, 2) ...

    Authors: Mona Nystad, Vasilis Sitras, Kari Flo, Christian Widnes, Åse Vårtun, Tom Wilsgaard and Ganesh Acharya

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:377

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Evidence about the consequence of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) on pregnancy outcomes is still inconclusive. In this study, we evaluated if occurrence of hyperemesis gravidarum is associated with placental dysfu...

    Authors: Heleen M. Koudijs, Ary I. Savitri, Joyce L. Browne, Dwirani Amelia, Mohammad Baharuddin, Diederick E. Grobbee and Cuno S. P. M. Uiterwaal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016 16:374

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