Prenatal Care

Nov 01, 2021 Issue
Fetal Growth Restriction Before and After Birth [Article]

Fetal growth restriction, previously called intrauterine growth restriction, is a condition in which a fetus does not achieve its full growth potential during pregnancy. Early detection and management of fetal growth restriction are essential because it has significant clinical implications in child...

Nov 15, 2020 Issue
Low-Dose Aspirin Beneficial for the Prevention of Preterm Birth in Nulliparous Patients with Singleton Pregnancy [POEMs]

The routine use of low-dose aspirin, 81 mg daily, starting as early as six weeks' gestational age provided a statistically significant absolute risk reduction (nearly 2 percentage points) in the incidence of preterm birth among nulliparous patients with singleton gestation in resource-poor countries.

Oct 1, 2020 Issue
Pregnancy Myths and Practical Tips [Article]

Learn how to counsel pregnant women on how much weight they should gain, which foods to avoid, which vitamins and supplements they should be taking, how much and which types of exercise are safe, whether prescription and over-the-counter medicines are safe, and recommendations on sex, alcohol, cannabis, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and hair treatments.

Jul 15, 2020 Issue
Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The USPSTF recommends against screening for bacterial vaginosis in pregnant persons who are not at increased risk for preterm delivery.

Apr 15, 2020 Issue
Fetal Aneuploidy: Screening and Diagnostic Testing [Article]

The risk of fetal aneuploidy, the presence of one or more extra chromosomes or the absence of one or more chromosomes, rises with increasing maternal age. Because fetal aneuploidy can affect any pregnancy, all pregnant women should be offered screening. Screening can be done in the first or second trimester, or a combination of both. Because no screening test is diagnostic, patients with positive screening results should be referred for invasive diagnostic testing.

Jan 15, 2020 Issue
Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The USPSTF recommends screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in pregnant women at their first prenatal visit.

Jan 15, 2020 Issue
Screening for Hepatitis B Virus in Pregnant Women [Putting Prevention into Practice]

A 33-year-old U.S.-born pregnant clinician comes to your office for a first prenatal visit. Her most recent menstrual period was six weeks ago, and she has been taking prenatal vitamins for the past eight weeks. She was pregnant once more than two years ago, and at the time she screened negative for the hepatitis B virus (HBV).

Jan 1, 2020 Issue
Antepartum Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Length of Gestation [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Omega-3 fatty acids, whether taken as supplements or consumed as part of the diet, reduce the risk of preterm birth (number needed to treat = 68) and early preterm birth (number needed to treat = 55).

Dec 15, 2019 Issue
Managing Chronic Hypertension in Pregnant Women: ACOG Releases Updated Practice Bulletin [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released an updated practice bulletin to outline diagnosis, effects on pregnancy outcomes, and approaches for management based on new evidence.

Nov 15, 2019 Issue
Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia: A Practice Bulletin from ACOG [Practice Guidelines]

Globally, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are one of the main causes of maternal death. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released a practice bulletin to outline diagnosis and treatment recommendations for these conditions.

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