Prenatal Care

Aug 15, 2007 Issue
ACOG Releases Guidelines on the Use of SSRIs During Pregnancy [Practice Guidelines]

New guidelines on the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy are available from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Aug 1, 2007 Issue
Recommendations for Preconception Care [Article]

Every woman of reproductive age who is capable of becoming pregnant is a candidate for preconception care, regardless of whether she is planning to conceive. Preconception care is aimed at identifying and modifying biomedical, behavioral, and social risks through preventive and management interventi...

Jul 15, 2007 Issue
Screening and Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections in Pregnancy [Article]

Many sexually transmitted infections are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends screening all pregnant women for human immunodeficiency virus infection as early as possible. Treatment with highly active antiretroviral therapy can reduce ...

Apr 15, 2007 Issue
Late Pregnancy Bleeding [Article]

Effective management of vaginal bleeding in late pregnancy requires recognition of potentially serious conditions, including placenta previa, placental abruption, and vasa previa. Placenta previa is commonly diagnosed on routine ultrasonography before 20 weeks' gestation, but in nearly 90 percent of...

Mar 1, 2007 Issue
AGA Releases Position Statement on Gastrointestinal Medication Use During Pregnancy [Practice Guidelines]

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has released a position statement on gastrointestinal medication use in pregnant women. Drug treatment of gastrointestinal disease in pregnant women can be difficult, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifications are not necessarily based on clinical experience or current literature.

Jan 15, 2007 Issue
Common Skin Conditions During Pregnancy [Article]

Common skin conditions during pregnancy generally can be separated into three categories: hormone-related, preexisting, and pregnancy-specific. Normal hormone changes during pregnancy may cause benign skin conditions including striae gravidarum (stretch marks); hyperpigmentation (e.g., melasma); and...

Jan 1, 2007 Issue
ACOG Endorces Ultrasonography for Management of Alloimmunization [Practice Guidelines]

According to a practice bulletin by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), advances in ultrasonography have led to new methods of management of alloimmunization in pregnant women and may allow for a more thorough and less invasive workup with fewer maternal and fetal risks.

Dec 1, 2006 Issue
CDC Releases Guidelines on Improving Preconception Health Care [Practice Guidelines]

Improving preconception health care can result in improved reproductive health outcomes and has the potential to reduce societal costs, as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed recommendations for physicians and public health officials that aim to improve women’s healt...

Apr 15, 2006 Issue
Obesity in Pregnancy: ACOG Committee Opinion [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released an opinion statement on issues specific to pregnancy in obese women. Women who are obese are at increased risk of complications of pregnancy such as gestational hypertension and diabetes, preeclampsia, fetal macrosomia, spon...

Dec 1, 2005 Issue
Nonmedical Ultrasonography During Pregnancy [Curbside Consultation]

The quality and detail of ultrasonography has advanced to the point of providing easy-to-interpret, striking fetal images, especially with newer three-dimensional (static) and four-dimensional (real-time three-dimensional) imaging.

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