pregnancy

Sexual health and function in pregnancyPhysiologic changes during pregnancy affect the body’s hormonal milieu as well as a woman’s sexual desires, responses, and practices. In this review, we discuss knowledge gaps, the physiology of the female sexual response during pregnancy, types of sexual activity during pregnancy, and existing literature on anatomic and physiologic changes by trimester and postpartum.
Using ultrasound to recognize fetal anomalies: Part 1
Using ultrasound to recognize fetal anomalies: Part 1Like much of medicine, ultrasound diagnosis of fetal anomalies is both a science and an art. Part 1 of this article will detail, within the text and with images, the anomalies that should not be missed when performing ultrasound during the first and second trimesters of pregnancy.
Who is being tested for BRCA?A study looks at who is being tested for BRCA mutations as testing becomes more common. Also, a look at the impact of Zika virus on birth defects using benchmark data. Plus: How is the United States doing with infant mortality?
Does ART failure signal CVD risk?A study looks at the impact of failed ART on the cardiovascular health of women. Plus: Does a pregnancy near the time of breast cancer lead to worse outcomes. Also, a look at how many women may have little to no access to fertility services.
SMFM Consult: Ultrasound in the cfDNA eraThe society's recommendations for women who are undergoing both ultrasound and cfDNA screening.
Trimester zero (Part 1 of 2)Preconception care is primary prevention. The goal is to affirm pregnancy intention, reduce any potential harm, and recognize modifiable risk factors related to pregnancy while stratifying pregnancies on a continuum of low- to high-risk.
LCPUFAs in pregnancy lower child’s asthma riskWomen in the third trimester of pregnancy who take supplements of n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFAs) reduce their children’s risk of persistent wheeze or asthma as well as of lower respiratory tract infections, a study in Denmark demonstrated.
Infants also at risk from mothers' endometriosisA large study reaffirms that mothers with endometriosis and their babies face more complications than those without the condition.
Medical marijuana: An oxymoron and a risk to fetusesIt's never appropriate in pregnancy, says our editor in chief.
Using medications in pregnant glaucoma patientsMost of the medications, both new and old, we prescribe for glaucoma are quite safe—especially if we educate our patients to occlude their puncta.