There are several concrete steps clinicians can take to lessen the likelihood of vaginal birth complications, whether stemming from shoulder dystocia, a second twin or vaginal breech.
Complications of Pregnancy
Cardiovascular disease is one the leading causes of morbidity and mortality during pregnancy. This quiz goes over some of the important takeaways on the issues covered in Dr. Beth Brickner's article, Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in pregnancy (January, 2018) .
Women at increased risk for trisomy 21 who have suffered previous miscarriages and have a lower level of education are those most likely to refuse amniocentesis during pregnancy, according to new research.
Ob/gyns must be ready to move quickly when a patient exhibits the sudden and unexpected signs of anaphylactoid syndrome (ASP).
A study by investigators from New England suggests that a mother’s diet during pregnancy and lactation may have an impact on the microbiome in her infant’s gut. PLUS: Are prenatal vitamin D levels tied to adverse pregnancy outcomes? ALSO: Results of a survey-based study of attending surgeons shows that they play a major role in whether women with breast cancer receive genetic testing.
Mother-to-child transmission of HIV in the United States can be eliminated with the help of obstetricians.
A recent study compared pretreatment with mifepristone followed by treatment with misoprostol against treating with misoprostol alone for the management of first-trimester pregnancy loss. Plus: Are patients less satisfied with MDs who reduce opioids? Also: Does infant exposure to hypertensive disorders or pregnancy affect neurodevelopment?
Altered maternal vaginal microbiota composition contributes to the pathophysiology of preterm birth (PTB), according to a study of two racially distinct cohorts of US pregnant women.
In cases of very preterm birth, waiting at least 2 minutes to clamp the umbilical cord, coupled with immediate neonatal care with the cord intact, improved outcomes, according to a multicenter study.
A recent study shows that mothers exposed to moderate to high levels of caffeine during pregnancy may give birth to infants that gain excess weight in early childhood. Plus: How does ART affect risk of stillbirth? Also: A study found that obese African-American women have significantly lower energy expenditure per kilogram of mass compared to obese white women with similar energy intake and physical activity levels.