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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

    Fetal growth restriction is, despite advances in neonatal care and uptake of antenatal ultrasound scanning, still a major cause of perinatal morbidity. Neonates with birth weight > 10th percentile are assumed ...

    Authors: M. L. E. Hendrix, S. M. J. van Kuijk, A. W. D. Gavilanes, D. Kramer, M. E. A. Spaanderman and S. Al Nasiry

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:31

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Group visits for chronic medical conditions in non-pregnant populations have demonstrated successful outcomes including greater weight loss compared to individual visits for weight management. It is plausible ...

    Authors: Michelle A. Kominiarek, Adam K. Lewkowitz, Ebony Carter, Susan A. Fowler and Melissa Simon

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:18

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Determining gestational age in resource-poor settings is challenging because of limited availability of ultrasound technology and late first presentation to antenatal clinic. Last menstrual period (LMP), symph...

    Authors: Holger Unger, Kamala Thriemer, Benedikt Ley, Halidou Tinto, Maminata Traoré, Innocent Valea, Harry Tagbor, Gifty Antwi, Prosper Gbekor, Michael Nambozi, Jean-Bertin Bukasa Kabuya, Modest Mulenga, Victor Mwapasa, Gertrude Chapotera, Mwayiwawo Madanitsa, Stephen Rulisa…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:12

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Our study aimed at assessing the prevalence and determinants of vitamin D deficiency (25-hydroxy-vitamin D [25(OH)D] < 20 ng/mL) in pregnant women in the first trimester living in Switzerland.

    Authors: Sophie Cabaset, Jean-Philippe Krieger, Aline Richard, Magdeldin Elgizouli, Alexandra Nieters, Sabine Rohrmann and Katharina C. Quack Lötscher

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:10

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  5. Content type: Research article

    There is an increasing prevalence of women who tend to delay childbirth until a very advanced age. However, there is sparse data regarding very advanced maternal age (vAMA) and the interplay between vAMA and a...

    Authors: Yuelin Wu, Yan Chen, Minxue Shen, Yanfang Guo, Shi Wu Wen, Andrea Lanes, Ruth Rennicks White, Adewumi Adanlawo, Mark Walker and Xiaolin Hua

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:3

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Cesarean rates are higher in women admitted to labor ward during early stages rather than at later stages of labor. In a study in Germany, crude cesarean rates among Turkish and Lebanese immigrant women were l...

    Authors: Jürgen Breckenkamp, Eileen Marie Läcke, Wolfgang Henrich, Theda Borde, Silke Brenne, Matthias David and Oliver Razum

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:1

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  7. Content type: Research article

    In 2013, Zambia accepted the immediate operationalization of Option B+, a policy used to try and eliminate mother to child transmission. This policy requires all HIV-positive pregnant and breastfeeding women t...

    Authors: Bridget Chomba Chanda, Rosemary Ndonyo Likwa, Jessy Zgambo, Louis Tembo and Choolwe Jacobs

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:510

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    In the Netherlands, couples with unexplained infertility and a good prognosis to conceive spontaneously (i.e. Hunault > 30%) are advised to perform timed intercourse for at least another 6 months. If couples f...

    Authors: B. N. Bui, H. L. Torrance, C. Janssen, B. Cohlen, J. P. de Bruin, J. E. den Hartog, P. J. Q. van der Linden, K. L. Deurloo, J. W. M. Maas, R. van Oppenraaij, A. Cantineau, C. B. Lambalk, H. Visser, E. Brinkhuis, J. van Disseldorp, B. C. Schoot…

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:511

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  9. Content type: Review

    Bariatric surgery (BS) is regarded to be the most effective treatment of obesity with long lasting beneficial effects including weight loss and improvement of metabolic disorders. A considerable number of wome...

    Authors: Veronica Falcone, Tina Stopp, Michael Feichtinger, Herbert Kiss, Wolfgang Eppel, Peter Wolf Husslein, Gerhard Prager and Christian S. Göbl

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:507

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  10. Content type: Research article

    HBV, HCV, HDV and HIV are blood borne and can be transmitted from mother-to-child. Reports of HBV infection rates show up to 11.9% in Cameroon while for HCV, the rate is less than 2%. More so, as pregnant wome...

    Authors: Judith N. Torimiro, Aubin Nanfack, William Takang, Claude Kalla Keou, Awum Nchenda Joyce, Kevin Njefi, Kimbong Agyingi, Irenee Domkam, Desire Takou, Sylvie Moudourou, Samuel Sosso and Robinson E. Mbu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:504

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Nausea and vomiting occur 50–90% during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, patients with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) may be hospitalized at an incidence rate of 0.8–2% before the 20th week of gestation...

    Authors: E. Sahin, Y. Madendag, M. Eraslan Sahin, A. T. Tayyar, I. Col Madendag, M. Gozukucuk, C. Karakukcu, G. Acmaz and I. I. Muderris

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:502

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Access to information about prenatal screening is important particularly in light of new techniques such as non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). This study aimed to develop and examine the acceptability of a ...

    Authors: Sian Karen Smith, Antonia Cai, Michelle Wong, Mariana S. Sousa, Michelle Peate, Alec Welsh, Bettina Meiser, Rajneesh Kaur, Jane Halliday, Sharon Lewis, Lyndal Trevena, Tatiane Yanes, Kristine Barlow-Stewart and Margot Barclay

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:499

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  13. Content type: Case report

    Herlyn–Werner-Wunderlich syndrome (HWWS) is an uncommon congenital anomaly of the female urogenital tract, characterised by uterus didelphys, obstructed hemivagina, and ipsilateral renal agenesis. We reported ...

    Authors: Stefania Cappello, Eleonora Piccolo, Francesco Cucinelli, Luisa Casadei, Emilio Piccione and Maria Giovanna Salerno

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:498

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Growing evidence indicates that the risk of obstetric and perinatal outcomes is higher in women with assisted reproductive technology (ART). However, there is little known about pregnancy related complications...

    Authors: Azam Kouhkan, Mohammad E. Khamseh, Reihaneh Pirjani, Ashraf Moini, Arezoo Arabipoor, Saman Maroufizadeh, Roya Hosseini and Hamid Reza Baradaran

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:495

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a of the major public health issues in Asia. The present study aimed to determine the prevalence of, and risk factors for GDM in Asia via a systematic review and meta-ana...

    Authors: Kai Wei Lee, Siew Mooi Ching, Vasudevan Ramachandran, Anne Yee, Fan Kee Hoo, Yook Chin Chia, Wan Aliaa Wan Sulaiman, Subapriya Suppiah, Mohd Hazmi Mohamed and Sajesh K. Veettil

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:494

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Iron deficiency but also iron overload during pregnancy has been associated with unwanted health effects. In Germany, iron supplements are only recommended for pregnant women with diagnosed iron deficiency/ana...

    Authors: Irmela Rosina Demuth, Annett Martin and Anke Weissenborn

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:491

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Annually in the US, over 100,000 pregnant women with overt type 2 diabetes give birth. Strict maternal glycemic control is the key to optimizing infant outcomes. Medical treatment of type 2 diabetes in pregnan...

    Authors: Diane C. Berry, Sonia Davis Thomas, Karen F. Dorman, Amber Rose Ivins, Maria de los Angeles Abreu, Laura Young and Kim Boggess

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:488

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Different diets during pregnancy might have an impact on the health, reflected in the birthweight of newborns. The consumption of fruits and vegetables during pregnancy and the relationship with newborn health...

    Authors: Juan Miguel Martínez-Galiano, Carmen Amezcua-Prieto, Inmaculada Salcedo-Bellido, Guadalupe González-Mata, Aurora Bueno-Cavanillas and Miguel Delgado-Rodríguez

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:486

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  19. Content type: Case report

    Mesenteric venous thrombosis (MVT) is an infrequent thrombotic event that can cause devastating intestinal hemorrhagic ischemia. The mortality rate among patients with acute MVT ranges from 20 to 50%. Occurren...

    Authors: Xiuting Guan, Lina Huang and Liping Li

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:487

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Patient satisfaction to Antenatal care services has traditionally been linked to the quality of services given and the extent to which specific needs are met. Even though data in this area was limited in Ethio...

    Authors: Serawit Lakew, Alaso Ankala and Fozia Jemal

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:479

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Measurement of edge to os distance (EOD) is essential to differentiate low-lying from normal placenta, and to plan for delivery. Till now, measurement by 2D TVS is the gold standard, however, its accuracy is q...

    Authors: Somayya M. Sadek, Reda A. Ahmad, Hytham Atia and Adel G. Abdullah

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:472

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to describe the dietary patterns in pregnant women and determine the association between diet factors, pre-pregnancy body mass index, socio-demographic characteristics and gestational...

    Authors: Edyta Suliga, Wojciech Rokita, Olga Adamczyk-Gruszka, Grażyna Pazera, Elżbieta Cieśla and Stanisław Głuszek

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:465

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) among pregnant women constitutes a global public health problem and a potential risk factor for adverse maternal and fetal outcomes. The present study aimed to examine the assoc...

    Authors: Honghui Yu, Xueyan Jiang, Wei Bao, Guifeng Xu, Rong Yang and Min Shen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:469

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  24. Content type: Case report

    Resistance to thyroid hormone beta (RTHβ) results in symptoms of both increased and decreased thyroid hormone action. The effect of thyroid hormone changes in different types of autoimmune thyroid disease (AIT...

    Authors: Di Wu, Rui Guo, Huiling Guo, Yushu Li, Haixia Guan and Zhongyan Shan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:468

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  25. Content type: Research article

    The reported positive association between opiatic drug use during pregnancy and adverse pregnancy outcomes might be confounded by other factors related to high-risk behaviors, including the use of other harmfu...

    Authors: Siavash Maghsoudlou, Sven Cnattingius, Scott Montgomery, Mohsen Aarabi, Shahriar Semnani, Anna-Karin Wikström and Shahram Bahmanyar

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:358

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Professional guidelines indicate that pregnancy options counseling should be offered to pregnant women, in particular those experiencing an unintended pregnancy. However, research on whether pregnancy options ...

    Authors: Nancy F. Berglas, Valerie Williams, Katrina Mark and Sarah C. M. Roberts

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:384

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  27. Content type: Research article

    A key focus of the Closing the Gap campaign is to reduce low birthweight in Aboriginal babies. Limited research exists on factors affecting Aboriginal birthweight in urban areas.

    Authors: Elisa J. Ford, Thomas J. Cade, Lex W. Doyle and Mark P. Umstad

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:382

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Excessive gestational weight gain (GWG) is associated with adverse health outcomes in both the mother and child. Many previous lifestyle interventions in women with excess weight during pregnancy encouraging a...

    Authors: Michael W. Seward, Denise Simon, Martha Richardson, Emily Oken, Matthew W. Gillman and Marie-France Hivert

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:375

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is the most frequent complication during pregnancy. Untreated GDM is a severe threat to maternal and neonatal health. Based on recent evidence, up to 15% of all pregnancies ...

    Authors: Grzegorz Domanski, Anja Erika Lange, Till Ittermann, Heike Allenberg, Robert Andreas Spoo, Marek Zygmunt and Matthias Heckmann

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:367

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Fear of childbirth (FOC) could have significant impact on women’s childbearing choices and experience. Culture affects the way women conceptualize childbirth, influencing the fears and expectations they may ho...

    Authors: Heidi Preis, Yael Benyamini, Malin Eberhard-Gran and Susan Garthus-Niegel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:362

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Lactobacilli play an important role in maintaining vaginal health and protection against bacterial infections in the genital tract. The aim of this study is to show the dynamics of changes of the vaginal and r...

    Authors: Anna Dobrut, Tomasz Gosiewski, Wojciech Pabian, Malgorzata Bodaszewska-Lubas, Dorota Ochonska, Małgorzata Bulanda and Monika Brzychczy-Wloch

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:350

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  32. Content type: Research article

    We performed a post-hoc subgroup analysis in Korean women who participated in the Phase III FER-ASAP (FERric carboxymaltose-Assessment of SAfety and efficacy in Pregnancy) study to compare the efficacy and saf...

    Authors: Jae-Yoon Shim, Moon Young Kim, Young Ju Kim, Young Lee, Jeong Jae Lee, Jong Kwan Jun, Jong Chul Shin, Yong Kyoon Cho, Keun Young Lee, Ahm Kim and Tae-Bok Song

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:349

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies suggested associations between prenatal exposure to air pollution and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. We explored the associations between ambient concentrations of five major air polluta...

    Authors: Seung-Ah Choe, Yoon-Bae Jun and Sun-Young Kim

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:340

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Pregnancy at advanced maternal age has become more common in both developed and developing countries over the last decades. The association between adverse perinatal outcomes and advanced maternal age has been...

    Authors: Bekir Kahveci, Rauf Melekoglu, Ismail Cuneyt Evruke and Cihan Cetin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:343

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Racial disparities in birth outcomes are mirrored in cardiovascular health. Recently there have been calls for more attention to preconception and interconceptional health in order to improve birth outcomes, i...

    Authors: Emily W. Harville, Leann Myers, Tian Shu, Maeve E. Wallace and Lydia A. Bazzano

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:339

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Household food insecurity through influencing the quality and sufficiency of nutrition can have considerable effects on individuals’ health. Previous studies have shown the relationship between household food ...

    Authors: Farnoosh Moafi, Farideh Kazemi, Fatemeh Samiei Siboni and Zainab Alimoradi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:319

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Many socioecological and structural factors affect women’s diets, physical activity, and her access and receptivity to perinatal care. We sought to explore women’s and providers’ perceptions and experiences of...

    Authors: Maira Quintanilha, Maria J. Mayan, Kim D. Raine and Rhonda C. Bell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:314

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Zhejiang has achieved the goal of elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) via the implementation of universal salt iodization (USI) since 2011. Iodine content in household table salt decreased from th...

    Authors: Guangming Mao, Wenming Zhu, Zhe Mo, Yuanyang Wang, Xiaofeng Wang, Xiaoming Lou and Zhifang Wang

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:313

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Excessive weight gain during pregnancy increases the risk for negative effects on mother and child during pregnancy, delivery, and also postnatally. Excessive weight gain can be partially compensated by being ...

    Authors: Paul M. C. Lemmens, Francesco Sartor, Lieke G. E. Cox, Sebastiaan V. den Boer and Joyce H. D. M. Westerink

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:312

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  40. Content type: Case report

    Patients with primary immunodeficiency disease (PID) who survive to adulthood and willing to have a child mostly are worried whether their disease affects their fertility and/or pregnancy and also if their chi...

    Authors: Saba Sheikhbahaei, Roya Sherkat, Nadezhda Camacho-Ordonez, Razie Khoshnevisan, Asadollah Kalantari, Mansour Salehi, Seyed Saman Nazemian, Mohammad Hossein Nasr-esfahani and Christophe Klein

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:299

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  41. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to compare the effect of breast pump stimulation with that of oxytocin administration regarding the duration of the third stage of labor, postpartum hemorrhage, and anemia after delivery.

    Authors: Elham Dashtinejad, Parvin Abedi and Poorandokht Afshari

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:293

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Pregnancy is a unique physiological condition with the cellular immune functions compromised at some extents to allow the mature of growing fetus. Whether pregnancy may influence the replication of hepatitis B...

    Authors: Chenyu Xu, Jingli Liu, Lanhua Liu, Yongchun Bi, Biyun Xu, Jie Chen, Biao Xu, Tingmei Chen, Yali Hu and Yi-Hua Zhou

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:292

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Shared decision-making (SDM) is an important aspect of modern health care. Many studies evaluated different interventions to improve SDM, however, none in an inpatient clinical setting. A tool that has been pr...

    Authors: S. W. E. Baijens, A. G. Huppelschoten, J. Van Dillen and J. W. M. Aarts

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:283

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Approximately 50% of Australian women experience low back pain in pregnancy, with somewhere between 8 and 36% of women suffering from pregnancy related depression/anxiety. Both low back and pelvic pain and dep...

    Authors: Rosa Virgara, Carol Maher and Gisela Van Kessel

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2018 18:288

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