Prenatal Care

Feb 1, 2014 Issue
Update on Prenatal Care [Article]

Many elements of routine prenatal care are based on tradition and lack a firm evidence base; however, some elements are supported by more rigorous studies. Correct dating of the pregnancy is critical to prevent unnecessary inductions and to allow for accurate treatment of preterm labor. Physicians s...

Oct 15, 2013 Issue
Recommendations for Preconception Counseling and Care [Article]

Given that nearly one-half of pregnancies are unintended, preconception care should be considered an integral part of primary care for women of reproductive age. Common issues in preconception care include family planning, achieving a healthy body weight, screening and treatment for infectious disea...

Jun 15, 2013 Issue
Immunizations in Pregnancy [Editorials]

Family physicians, even if not providing prenatal care, can play a critical role in maintaining current vaccinations in pregnant women. Learn which vaccinations to consider and which to avoid.

May 15, 2013 Issue
Pruritic Rash in a Pregnant Woman [Photo Quiz]

Photo Quiz presents readers with a clinical challenge based on a photograph or other image.

May 1, 2013 Issue
Obesity in Pregnancy [Editorials]

Obesity is increasingly common among pregnant women, and it can cause significant risk to mother and fetus. Family physicians who provide prenatal care should also be familiar with recommendations for the management of obesity in pregnancy.

Mar 1, 2013 Issue
Vitamin D Supplementation for Women During Pregnancy [Cochrane for Clinicians]

In several small, low-quality trials, vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy was associated with a statistically nonsignificant trend toward a decreased risk of low birth weight. There is insufficient evidence to recommend routine vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy.

Jul 1, 2012 Issue
Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Disease: Updated CDC Guideline [Article]

Group B streptococcus is the leading cause of early-onset neonatal sepsis in the United States. Universal screening is recommended for pregnant women at 35 to 37 weeks’ gestation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guideline for the prevention of early-onset neonatal...

Dec 15, 2011 Issue
Rationale for a 39-Week Elective Delivery Policy [Editorials]

Several organizations have called for obstetric care professionals to decrease the number of elective (non-medically indicated) deliveries before an estimated gestational age of 39 weeks to prevent iatrogenic neonatal harm. Approximately one out of every three births in the United States occurs betw...

Sep 15, 2011 Issue
Umbilical Cord Blood: Importance of Supporting Public Banks [Editorials]

Umbilical cord blood, which is rich in hematopoietic progenitor and stem cells, has become a major alternative donor source for blood and marrow transplantation in patients with leukemia, bone marrow failure, and immune disorders. In many cases, it is the only timely option for therapy.

Jul 1, 2011 Issue
Office Management of Early Pregnancy Loss [Article]

The management of early pregnancy loss used to be based largely in the hospital setting, but it has shifted to the outpatient setting, allowing women to remain under the care of their family physician throughout the miscarriage process. Up to 15 percent of recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage, ...

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