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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

    Because maternal depressive symptoms and stress during pregnancy are strongly associated with poor health of the mother and the developing child, understanding the predictors of women’s mental health problems ...

    Authors: Janina Eichler, Ricarda Schmidt, Andreas Hiemisch, Wieland Kiess and Anja Hilbert

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:175

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    Monotonous and less diversified diets are associated with micronutrient deficiency. Evidence on maternal dietary intakes during pregnancy is essential to achieve the 2025 global nutrition target and reduce mat...

    Authors: Tebikew Yeneabat, Haweni Adugna, Tarekegn Asmamaw, Muluken Wubetu, Melaku Admas, Getachew Hailu, Asres Bedaso and Tadele Amare

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:173

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Pregnant and lactating women are at high risk of insufficient water intake. The cross-sectional study was mainly designed to evaluate the water intake, including total water intake (TWI), plain water intake, a...

    Authors: Yalin Zhou, Xiaoyu Zhu, Yong Qin, Yong Li, Minjia Zhang, Wei Liu, Hanming Huang and Yajun Xu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:172

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common reproductive tract disorder in women of child bearing age, accounting for one third of vaginal infections. It is characterized by an increase in vaginal pH, decreased Lacto...

    Authors: Yiewou Marguerithe Kamga, John Palle Ngunde and Jane-Francis K. T. Akoachere

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:166

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Preeclampsia remains a significant danger to both mother and child and current prevention and treatment management strategies are limited. The objective of this systematic review was to investigate the current...

    Authors: Sophia Grimes, Kira Bombay, Andrea Lanes, Mark Walker and Daniel J. Corsi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:163

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  6. Content type: Research article

    This report describes the results of recruitment efforts and the subsequent participation of pregnant women in study activities in a 2010–2012 observational study focused on influenza illness and vaccination i...

    Authors: Mark G. Thompson, De-Kun Li, Allison L. Naleway, Jeannette R. Ferber, Michelle L. Henninger, Pat Shifflett, Leslie Z. Sokolow, Roxana Odouli, Tia L. Kauffman, Rebecca V. Fink, Joanna Bulkley, Janet D. Cragan and Sam Bozeman

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:161

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this systematic review and meta-analyses was to assess the risk of preeclampsia among women who conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART).

    Authors: Amir Almasi-Hashiani, Reza Omani-Samani, Maryam Mohammadi, Payam Amini, Behnaz Navid, Ahad Alizadeh, Esmaeil Khedmati Morasae and Saman Maroufizadeh

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:149

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  8. Content type: Research article

    We investigated the association between antidepressant and anxiolytic exposure during the first and early second trimester of pregnancy (< 16 weeks), and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (including preeclam...

    Authors: Nathalie Bernard, Jean-Claude Forest, George M. Tarabulsy, Emmanuel Bujold, Damien Bouvier and Yves Giguère

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:146

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    Excess gestational weight gain (GWG) is common among women with overweight or obesity, increasing their risks for pregnancy complications, delivering a large infant, and postpartum weight retention. To date, o...

    Authors: Susan D. Brown, Monique M. Hedderson, Samantha F. Ehrlich, Maren N. Galarce, Ai-Lin Tsai, Charles P. Quesenberry and Assiamira Ferrara

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:145

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The EVERREST Prospective Study is a multicentre observational cohort study of pregnancies affected by severe early-onset fetal growth restriction. The study recruits women with singleton pregnancies where the ...

    Authors: Merryl E. Harvey, Anna L. David, Jade Dyer and Rebecca Spencer

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:144

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  11. Content type: Research article

    In Sweden, three to four out of every 1000 pregnancies end in stillbirth each year. The aim of this study was to investigate whether women who had experienced stillbirth perceived that they had received an exp...

    Authors: Berit Höglund, Ingela Rådestad and Ingegerd Hildingsson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:139

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy is associated with adverse maternal and child health outcomes, including poor mental health. Previous IPV research has largely focused on women’s victimization ...

    Authors: Jordan L. Thomas, Jessica B. Lewis, Isabel Martinez, Shayna D. Cunningham, Moiuri Siddique, Jonathan N. Tobin and Jeannette R. Ickovics

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:120

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  13. Content type: Research article

    It has been reported that earlier age at menarche is associated with a higher risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, the relationship between age at menarche and gestational diabetes mellitus is inconsist...

    Authors: Liying Wang, Bing Yan, Xiulin Shi, Haiqu Song, Weijuan Su, Bingkun Huang, Yuxian Zhang, Shunhua Wang, Fuping Lv, Mingzhu Lin and Xuejun Li

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:138

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Prenatal care has been validated to provide medical and educational counselling intended to reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy conditions and improve the maternal and fetal outcomes. Prenatal targeted inform...

    Authors: Angela Vinturache, Anika Winn, Cynthia Mannion and Suzanne Tough

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:136

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Pregnancy and infant loss has a pervasive impact on families, health systems, and communities. During and after loss, compassionate, individualized, and skilled support from professionals and organizations is ...

    Authors: Jo Watson, Anne Simmonds, Michelle La Fontaine and Megan E. Fockler

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:129

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  16. Content type: Research article

    There are controversies over the effects of Ramadan fasting on pregnancy outcomes, and women’s perspectives of fasting are diverse. This study aimed to assess the perspectives and pregnancy outcomes of materna...

    Authors: Kolsoom Safari, Tiran Jamil Piro and Hamdia Mirkhan Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:128

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Maternal obesity has a wide range of health effects on both the pregnant woman and developing fetus. The clinical significance of these disorders, combined with a dramatically increasing prevalence of obesity ...

    Authors: Abaigeal M. Thompson and James A. Thompson

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:126

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Male involvement in maternal, newborn and child health contributes to better health outcomes for women and their children, especially in restrictive societies. There is evidence that when men have better under...

    Authors: Olugbenga Oguntunde, Jabulani Nyenwa, Farouk Musa Yusuf, Dauda Sulaiman Dauda, Abdulsamad Salihu and Irit Sinai

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:123

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Maternal prepregnancy body mass index (BMI) is associated with several infant outcomes, but it is unclear whether these associations reflect causal relationships. We conducted a study of interpregnancy change ...

    Authors: Renata H. Benjamin, Sarah Littlejohn, Mark A. Canfield, Mary K. Ethen, Fei Hua and Laura E. Mitchell

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:119

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  20. Content type: Case report

    Secondary hypertension is a rare complication in pregnancy that causes poor outcomes, such as preeclampsia, premature delivery, intrauterine growth retardation, stillbirths, spontaneous abortion or intrauterin...

    Authors: Xin Zhang, Hang Liao, Xiaojiang Zhu, Di Shi and Xiaoping Chen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:116

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The role of vitamin D in placental functions and fetal growth had been addressed in many reports with conflicting results. However, such report is limited for Indonesian population. The aim of this study was t...

    Authors: Raden Tina Dewi Judistiani, Tita Husnitawati Madjid, Setyorini Irianti, Yessika Adelwin Natalia, Agnes Rengga Indrati, Mohammad Ghozali, Yunia Sribudiani, Tetty Yuniati, Rizky Abdulah and Budi Setiabudiawan

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:112

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Aboriginal infants have poorer birth outcomes than non-Aboriginal infants. Harmful use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances is higher among Aboriginal women, as is violence, due to factors such as interge...

    Authors: Alison J. Gibberd, Judy M. Simpson, Jocelyn Jones, Robyn Williams, Fiona Stanley and Sandra J. Eades

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:110

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Diabetes is the most common medical condition in pregnant women and its complications affect both mother and fetus. The beneficial effects of vitamin D on gestational diabetes have been shown, though data on t...

    Authors: Mehri Jamilian, Naghmeh Mirhosseini, Masoumeh Eslahi, Fereshteh Bahmani, Maryam Shokrpour, Maryam Chamani and Zatollah Asemi

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:107

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  24. Content type: Case report

    Abdominal ectopic pregnancies are rare category of ectopic pregnancies.We describe a ectopic pregnancy implanted on the surface of diaphragm and highlight the difficult clinical course of an abdominal ectopic ...

    Authors: Lifeng Chen, Jinwei Liu, Jing Shu, Wenjie Zeng and Xiaofeng Zhao

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:99

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  25. Content type: Research article

    In clinical trials, pregnant women are potentially vulnerable, and the fetus is exposed to the intervention. This study aimed to identify the reasons that led pregnant women at a high risk of premature deliver...

    Authors: Thaís M. Monteiro, Leila Katz, Silvana F. Bento, Melania M. Amorim, Patrícia C. Moriel and Rodolfo C. Pacagnella

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:97

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Fear of childbirth (FOC) can have a negative impact on a woman’s psychological wellbeing during pregnancy and her experience of birth. It has also been associated with adverse obstetric outcomes and postpartum...

    Authors: P. Slade, K. Balling, K. Sheen and G. Houghton

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:96

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Women of advanced age (40 years or older) are generally, at risk for pregnancy and delivery related problems. In addition, there is limited knowledge on being of advanced age and having been given Assisted Rep...

    Authors: Gunilla Sydsjö, Malin Lindell Pettersson, Marie Bladh, Agneta Skoog Svanberg, Claudia Lampic and Elizabeth Nedstrand

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:92

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Vitamin D insufficiency is common in pregnant women worldwide. Regular prenatal exercise is considered beneficial for maternal and fetal health. There is a knowledge gap regarding the impact of prenatal exerci...

    Authors: Miriam K. Gustafsson, Pål R. Romundstad, Signe Nilssen Stafne, Anne-Sofie Helvik, Astrid Kamilla Stunes, Siv Mørkved, Kjell Åsmund Salvesen, Per Medbøe Thorsby, Mats Peder Mosti and Unni Syversen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:76

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Homocysteine is an intermediate metabolite implicated in the risk of placenta-mediated complications, including preeclampsia, placental abruption, fetal growth restriction, and pregnancy loss. Large cohort and...

    Authors: Shazia H. Chaudhry, Monica Taljaard, Amanda J. MacFarlane, Laura M. Gaudet, Graeme N. Smith, Marc Rodger, Ruth Rennicks White, Mark C. Walker and Shi Wu Wen

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:75

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  30. Content type: Research article

    To better understand the impact of seasonal influenza in pregnant women we analyzed data collected during four seasons at a hospital for acute respiratory infection that specializes in treating pregnant women.

    Authors: Svetlana Trushakova, Lidiya Kisteneva, Beatriz Guglieri-López, Evgenia Mukasheva, Irina Kruzhkova, Ainara Mira-Iglesias, Kirill Krasnoslobodtsev, Ekaterina Morozova, Ludmila Kolobukhina, Joan Puig-Barberà and Elena Burtseva

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:72

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Health behaviours during pregnancy and the early years of life have been proven to affect long term health, resulting in investment in interventions. However, interventions often have low levels of completion ...

    Authors: Aimee Grant, Melanie Morgan, Dawn Mannay and Dunla Gallagher

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:56

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Bioethicists argue that inclusion of pregnant women in clinical research should be more routine to increase the evidence-base for pregnant women and foetuses. Yet, it is unknown whether pregnant women and othe...

    Authors: Indira S. E. van der Zande, Rieke van der Graaf, Martijn A. Oudijk, Elsbeth H. van Vliet-Lachotzki and Johannes J. M. van Delden

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:65

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) is associated with future cardio-metabolic risks for the mother and her child. In addition, one-third of women with recent GDM develop postpartum depression. Given these adv...

    Authors: Leah Gilbert, Justine Gross, Stefano Lanzi, Dan Yedu Quansah, Jardena Puder and Antje Horsch

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:60

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  34. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravenous Ferric Carboxymaltose. (FCM) in comparison with intravenous Iron sucrose complex (ISC) for treatment of iron deficiency anemia in pregnancy.

    Authors: Ambily Jose, Reeta Mahey, Jai Bhagwan Sharma, Neerja Bhatla, Renu Saxena, Mani Kalaivani and Alka Kriplani

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:54

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  35. Content type: Research article

    An increased risk of adverse conditions related to in vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancies has been repeatedly reported. Our study aimed to summarize outcome differences between pregnancies after IVF and afte...

    Authors: Kaja Rahu, Kärt Allvee, Helle Karro and Mati Rahu

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:51

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Intensive lifestyle interventions in pregnancy have shown success in limiting gestational weight gain, but the effects on mood and quality of life in pregnancy and postpartum are less known. The purpose was to...

    Authors: Abby D. Altazan, Leanne M. Redman, Jeffrey H. Burton, Robbie A. Beyl, Loren E. Cain, Elizabeth F. Sutton and Corby K. Martin

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:50

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The ability to adopt and implement health promotion behaviors is one of the most important determinants of health status. Various factors affect the successful changing of behaviors and choosing a healthy life...

    Authors: Azita Fathnezhad-Kazemi and Sepideh Hajian

    Citation: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2019 19:43

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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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  49. 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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