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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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