Prenatal Care

Aug 1, 2015 Issue
Micronutrient Supplementation During Pregnancy [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

A multimicronutrient supplement is an oral tablet containing the recommended daily allowance of several vitamins and minerals. The World Health Organization does not recommend multimicronutrient supplementation because of the potential for increased neonatal mortality in some situations.

Apr 15, 2015 Issue
Options for Women with Unintended Pregnancy [Article]

Learn about resources for counseling women with unwanted, unplanned, or mistimed pregnancies, and find out about the latest evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of medical vs. surgical abortion, and what the physician’s responsibilities are when exercising conscientious refusal.

Apr 1, 2015 Issue
Exercise and Pregnancy Loss [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

Regular exercise for up to seven or more hours per week (including low-intensity and high-intensity aerobics, jogging, cycling, and swimming) is not associated with increased rates of miscarriage in the first to mid-second trimesters. Patients may continue bending and lifting at work, because these ...

Apr 1, 2015 Issue
Magnesium Sulfate for Prevention of Preterm Birth [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Magnesium sulfate does not delay delivery when used in patients with preterm labor. Although magnesium sulfate is not associated with any serious adverse maternal outcomes, it may be associated with an increase in total fetal, neonatal, and infant mortality.

Mar 1, 2015 Issue
Low-Dose Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality from Preeclampsia: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends the use of low-dose aspirin (81 mg per day) as preventive medication after 12 weeks of gestation in women who are at high risk of preeclampsia.

Dec 1, 2014 Issue
Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in asymptomatic pregnant women after 24 weeks of gestation.

Nov 15, 2014 Issue
Trauma in Pregnancy: Assessment, Management, and Prevention [Article]

Learn about the most common injuries, evaluation methods, how to manage minor and major trauma, and how to prevent injury from motor vehicle crashes and intimate partner violence.

Oct 15, 2014 Issue
Over-the-Counter Medications in Pregnancy [Article]

Pregnant women commonly ask their physicians about taking over-the-counter medications. Find out which medications are most likely safe, and which should be avoided if possible.

Sep 1, 2014 Issue
Aspirin in Low Doses Decreases Preeclampsia Risk [POEMs]

Low-dose aspirin—ranging from 60 to 100 mg per day—beginning as early as the second trimester decreases the risk of preeclampsia, preterm birth, and intrauterine growth retardation in women who are at high risk of preeclampsia. No harms to the mother or newborn were identified in the studies.

Aug 1, 2014 Issue
Common Questions About Late-Term and Postterm Pregnancy [Article]

Induction at 41 weeks’ gestation can lead to small decreases in some risks; however, the risks of expectant management are low until 42 week’s gestation. Learn the benefits vs. risks associated with each option.

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