Category Archives: Maternal health

Pregnancy as a Window to Future Health – SMFM White Paper

The development of complications in pregnancy provides a new window of opportunity for early heart disease risk screening and intervention for women.

Study Finds That Caloric Restriction and Exercise Help to Prevent Weight Gain and Other Pregnancy Complications in Obese Women

In a study to be presented on February 15 between 1:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will report findings that suggest that consistent physical activity and healthier lifestyle changes beginning in a woman’s first trimester can prevent excessive weight gain in obese pregnant women (with a Body Mass Index greater than 30), helping to avoid preterm delivery, hypertension and gestational diabetes.

Comprehensive Maternal Hemorrhage Protocols Improve Patient Safety

In a study to be presented on February 16 between 8 a.m., and 10 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will report findings that suggest comprehensive maternal hemorrhage protocols reduce utilization of blood products and improve patient safety.

REVISED: Preemptive Treatment of Severe Morning Sickness Decreases Suffering for Moms-to-Be

In a study to be presented on February 14 between 1:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, California, researchers will present data showing the effectiveness of preemptive treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum and severe morning sickness.

Pregnant Gravidas with Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Cardiac Symptoms Have a 31Percent Incidence of Cardiac Dysfunction

In a study to be presented on February 15 between 8 a.m., and 10 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will report findings that women with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and cardiac symptoms have a 31 percent incidence of cardiac dysfunction. The use of echocardiograms should be considered in the clinical management of these women.

Abnormal Brain Development in Fetuses of Obese Women

In a study to be presented on February 15 between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, California, researchers from Tufts Medical Center will present findings showing the effects of maternal obesity on a fetus, specifically in the development of the brain.

Study Finds That Anti-diabetic Medication Can Prevent the Long Term Effects of Maternal Obesity

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Study Finds That Anti-diabetic Medication Can Prevent the Long Term Effects of Maternal Obesity

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that show that short therapy with the anti-diabetic medication Pioglitazone can prevent the long term effects of maternal obesity on offspring.

Study Finds Elevated Levels of Cell-Free DNA in First Trimester Do Not Predict Preeclampsia

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Study Finds Elevated Levels of Cell-Free DNA in First Trimester Do Not Predict Preeclampsia

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that  indicate that elevated levels of cell-free DNA in the first trimester do not predict the subsequent development of preeclampsia.

Study Weighs Risks and Benefits of Birthing Facilities

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Study Weighs Risks and Benefits of Birthing Facilities

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that the risk of obstetric intervention is lower for women who deliver or intend to deliver outside of hospitals, but there are some higher risks for newborns intended for home births compared to hospital births.

Study Finds That Red Blood Cell Transfusion Decreases Fatigue in Women with Acute Postpartum Anemia

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Study Finds That Red Blood Cell Transfusion Decreases Fatigue in Women with Acute Postpartum Anemia 

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that show that in women with acute postpartum anemia, due to excessive blood loss during delivery, red blood cell transfusion led to a statistically significant decrease in physical fatigue. While excessive blood loss during delivery caused severe physical fatigue, the effect of red blood cell transfusion on this fatigue was small.

Study Finds in Women with Prior Cesarean, Optimal Gestational Age for Elective Delivery is Week 39

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Study Finds in Women with Prior Cesarean, Optimal Gestational Age for Elective Delivery is Week 39

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that for women with prior delivery via cesarean section the optimal timing of elective delivery for mother and baby is 39 weeks even after consideration of the risk with continuing pregnancy.

Study Finds That EARLY Pregnancy Inflammation of Adipose Tissue Produces Benefits in Late Pregnancy

Study Finds That EARLY Pregnancy Inflammation of Adipose Tissue Produces Benefits in Late Pregnancy

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that suggest that early inflammation of adipose tissue and increased vascular growth prepare the pregnant woman’s body to meet the high nutritional needs of the mother and fetus later in the pregnancy.

Study Finds Pregnant Women with Prior Cesarean Choose the Delivery Method Preferred by Their Doctor

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Study Finds Pregnant Women with Prior Cesarean Choose the Delivery Method Preferred by Their Doctor

 In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that women who have undergone one prior delivery via cesarean section appear to know little about the risks and benefits associated with undergoing either a second cesarean or trial of labor to attempt a vaginal delivery, and that the preference of their medical provider strongly affects their selection between the two options.

Study Finds Residence in U.S. a Risk Factor for Preterm Birth

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Study Finds Residence in U.S. a Risk Factor for Preterm Birth

 In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that duration of stay in the United States is associated with increased risk of preterm birth for Hispanic women.

Study Finds Prior Preterm Delivery Indicates Subsequent Baby Will Be Small Even if Carried to Term

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Study Finds Prior Preterm Delivery Indicates Subsequent Baby Will Be Small Even if Carried to Term

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that women who deliver their first baby early are more likely to have a subsequent baby that is small for its gestational age, even when the second pregnancy is carried to term.

2011: Predicting women’s long-term health based on pregnancy outcomes

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Looks at Pregnancy as a Window for Future Health

“A woman’s pregnancy outcome can be an indicator of future health conditions,” stated George R. Saade, M.D., president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.   Saade gave a compelling presentation to SMFM members on the links between pregnancy outcomes and women’s long-term health.  He emphasized the importance of greater physician collaboration in reviewing patients’ health records, particularly in noting pregnancy outcomes as these can be important indicators of future health problems.

2011: Study finds that folate does not offer protection against preterm delivery

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that folate intake before and during pregnancy does not protect Norwegian women against spontaneous preterm delivery.

2011: Study finds that women used 30 percent less analgesia during labor when they administered it themselves

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that when women administer their own patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) instead of getting a continuous epidural infusion (CEI) they used less analgesic, but reported similar levels of satisfaction.

2010: Maternal-fetal medicine subspecialty expands due to increasingly complicated pregnancies, emerging technologies and rises in preterm birth

SMFM Report Highlights Growing Need for Specialists

The rate of preterm birth (before 37 weeks) in the United States has steadily increased over the last two decades; reaching one in eight babies (12.7%) in 2007. There are over 500,000 preterm births each year in the U.S. Another frightening statistic is that stillbirths account for 58% of all perinatal deaths before 28 days of life and 48% of all deaths in the first year of life.

2010: Acupuncture found effective against depression during pregnancy

In a study presented this past February at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Chicago, researchers unveiled findings that showed that acupuncture may be an effective treatment for depression during pregnancy.

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