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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778017/the-preconception-care-experiences-of-women-with-epilepsy-on-sodium-valproate
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Lorna Lawther, Helen Dolk, Marlene Sinclair, Jim Morrow
PURPOSE: To understand the preconception experiences of women with epilepsy who have been taking the teratogenic drug valproate. METHODS: Seven women were recruited, three from a preconception clinic and four from an antenatal clinic in a region of the UK. All had taken valproate preconceptionally. Three preconception clinic encounters were observed and audio-recorded. Interviews with all women were analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). RESULTS: Women experienced a "trajectory of balance"...
May 16, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774805/men-s-preconception-health-a-primary-health-care-viewpoint
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Anthony Paul O'Brien, John Hurley, Paul Linsley, Karen Anne McNeil, Richard Fletcher, John Robert Aitken
The purpose of this article is to theoretically explore men's preconception health as a mechanism to enhance fertility, as well as the health and well-being of the subject and his descendants. Premorbid risk factors and behaviors associated with stress, environmental toxins, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, lack of exercise/obesity, and the use of illicit drugs are all known to affect fecundity. While there are many health clinics available to women, where advice in areas such as postnatal care of the newborn, family planning, and couples fertility is provided, there are few, if any, equivalent health clinics available to men...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774380/-thyroid-and-pregnancy
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REVIEW
K A Iwen, H Lehnert
During pregnancy thyroid hormones have profound effects on embryonal/fetal development and maternal health. Therefore, thyroid gland disorders should be immediately diagnosed and adequately treated. Pregnancy-specific physiological alterations during pregnancy cause changes in the reference interval for thyroid-stimulating hormone levels and trimester-specific thresholds must be taken into account. This article summarizes the most important diagnostic and therapeutic aspects before, during and after pregnancy...
May 17, 2018: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771194/preconception-antiphospholipid-antibodies-and-risk-of-subsequent-early-pregnancy-loss
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K J Gibbins, S L Mumford, L A Sjaarda, D W Branch, N J Perkins, A Ye, E F Schisterman, R M Silver
Objectives To prospectively estimate the association of preconception antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) with subsequent pregnancy loss using a cohort design. aPL have been associated with recurrent early pregnancy loss (EPL) prior to 10 weeks in previous case-control studies. Prospective ascertainment of pregnancy loss is challenging, as most women do not seek care prior to EPL. Methods Secondary analysis of the Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction trial of preconception low-dose aspirin. Preconception anticardiolipin (aCL) and anti-β2-glycoprotein-I (a-β2-I) were assessed in 1208 women with one or two prior pregnancy losses and no more than two prior live births...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767745/preconception-maternal-iodine-status-is-positively-associated-with-iq-but-not-with-measures-of-executive-function-in-childhood
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Sian M Robinson, Sarah R Crozier, Elizabeth A Miles, Catharine R Gale, Philip C Calder, Cyrus Cooper, Hazel M Inskip, Keith M Godfrey
Background: Adverse effects of severe maternal iodine deficiency in pregnancy on fetal brain development are well-established, but the effects of milder deficiency are uncertain. Most studies examine iodine status in pregnancy; less is known about iodine nutrition before conception. Objective: We examined relations between maternal preconception iodine status and offspring cognitive function, within a prospective mother-offspring cohort. Methods: Maternal iodine status was assessed through the use of the ratio of iodine:creatinine concentrations (I/Cr) in spot urine samples [median (IQR) period before conception 3...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767694/shorter-time-to-pregnancy-with-increasing-preconception-carotene-concentrations-among-women-with-1-to-2-previous-pregnancy-losses
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Keewan Kim, Enrique F Schisterman, Robert M Silver, Brian D Wilcox, Anne M Lynch, Neil J Perkins, Richard W Browne, Laurie L Lesher, Joseph B Stanford, Aijun Ye, Jean Wactawski-Wende, Sunni L Mumford
Although maternal nutrition may impact fecundity, associations between preconception micronutrients and time to pregnancy (TTP) has not been examined. We assessed the relationship between preconception fat-soluble micronutrient concentrations and TTP among women with 1-2 prior pregnancy losses. This is a prospective cohort study of 1,228 women set in the EAGeR Trial (US, 2007-2011), which assessed the effect of preconception-initiated daily low dose aspirin on reproductive outcomes. We measured preconception zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, lycopene, α- and β-carotene, and α- and γ-tocopherol in serum...
May 14, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763587/mice-exposed-to-bisphenol-a-exhibit-depressive-like-behavior-with-neurotransmitter-and-neuroactive-steroid-dysfunction
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Frances Xin, Erin Fischer, Christopher Krapp, Elizabeth N Krizman, Yemin Lan, Clementina Mesaros, Nathaniel W Snyder, Amita Bansal, Michael B Robinson, Rebecca A Simmons, Marisa S Bartolomei
Fetal exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) has been associated with adverse neurobehavioral outcomes across the lifespan and can persist across multiple generations of offspring. However, the underlying mechanisms driving these changes are not well understood. We investigated the molecular perturbations associated with EDC-induced behavioral changes in first (F1) and second (F2) filial generations, using the model EDC bisphenol A (BPA). C57BL/6J dams were exposed to BPA from preconception until lactation through the diet at doses (10 μg/kg bw/d-lower dose or 10 mg/kg bw/d-upper dose) representative of human exposure levels...
May 12, 2018: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762460/a-new-life-motherhood-after-heart-transplantation-a-single-center-experience-and-review-of-literature
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Francesca Macera, Lucia Occhi, Gabriella Masciocco, Marisa Varrenti, Maria Frigerio
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy after heart transplantation (HTx) may expose the recipient to hemodynamic and immunologic risks, and the newborn to toxic effects of immunosuppressive therapy. Adequate preconception counseling is crucial to identify optimal timing and to modify immunosuppressive therapy in order to minimize risks for both the mother and the fetus. METHOD: We describe our experience with 12 pregnancies occurred in 11 women who had undergone HTx at our center...
May 14, 2018: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760612/trends-in-folic-acid-supplementation-during-pregnancy-the-effect-on-allergy-development-in-children
#9
Anna Socha-Banasiak, Barbara Kamer, Krzysztof Pacześ, Barbara Ślusarek, Bartosz Pawlikowski, Elżbieta Czkwianianc
Introduction: The results of some previous studies suggested that maternal folate supplementation during pregnancy may contribute to allergy development in offspring. Aim: This study was performed to examine the influence of maternal folic acid intake prior to and during pregnancy on the development of various types of allergy in children taking into account the timing and dosage of supplemented folate. Material and methods: The retrospective study was performed between 2010 and 2014 in 307 child-mother pairs (203 allergic children and 104 children without allergy symptoms, aged 2-72 months)...
April 2018: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757354/a-modified-inverted-nipple-correction-technique-that-preserves-breastfeeding
#10
Rui Feng, Weiwei Li, Bing Yu, Yudan Zhou
Background: An inverted nipple may affect the appearance of the breasts and breastfeeding, but traditional surgical procedures might injure the normal lactiferous ducts and damage sensory functions. Objectives: The aim of the study was to propose a minimally invasive and reliable method that preserves breastfeeding and corrects Grade I and II inverted nipples. Methods: This was a randomized controlled trial of 230 female patients with unilateral or bilateral inverted nipples and 30 patients with normal nipples who visited the Preconception Counseling Department of our hospital from February 2009 to January 2016...
May 11, 2018: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757075/unpacking-racial-ethnic-disparities-in-prenatal-care-use-the-role-of-individual-household-and-area-level-characteristics
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Tiffany L Green
OBJECTIVE: To identify the contributions of individual-, household-, and area-level characteristics to disparities in the use of prenatal care (PNC). METHODS: This study used individual-level data from the 2001 Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort linked to county-level U.S. Census data (N ≈ 5,200). I used nonlinear regression decomposition to quantify the contributions of several groups of factors-maternal health and pregnancy characteristics, preconception health behaviors, insurance coverage, PNC location, socioeconomic status (SES), and the social/economic and healthcare environments-to PNC disparities...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757070/racial-ethnic-disparities-in-diabetes-diagnosis-and-glycemic-control-among-women-of-reproductive-age
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Laura E Britton, Jon M Hussey, Jamie L Crandell, Diane C Berry, Jada L Brooks, Amy G Bryant
BACKGROUND: Types 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus complicate pregnancies and threaten the health of women of reproductive age and their children. Among older adults, diabetes morbidity disproportionately burdens racial/ethnic minorities, but diabetes emergence among younger adults has not been as well characterized. The objective of this study was to describe the distribution of diagnosed diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes, suboptimal preconception glycemic control, and prediabetes among women of reproductive age across racial/ethnic backgrounds...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754767/preconception-carrier-screening-by-genome-sequencing-results-from-the-clinical-laboratory
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Sumit Punj, Yassmine Akkari, Jennifer Huang, Fei Yang, Allison Creason, Christine Pak, Amiee Potter, Michael O Dorschner, Deborah A Nickerson, Peggy D Robertson, Gail P Jarvik, Laura M Amendola, Jennifer Schleit, Dana Kostiner Simpson, Alan F Rope, Jacob Reiss, Tia Kauffman, Marian J Gilmore, Patricia Himes, Benjamin Wilfond, Katrina A B Goddard, C Sue Richards
Advances in sequencing technologies permit the analysis of a larger selection of genes for preconception carrier screening. The study was designed as a sequential carrier screen using genome sequencing to analyze 728 gene-disorder pairs for carrier and medically actionable conditions in 131 women and their partners (n = 71) who were planning a pregnancy. We report here on the clinical laboratory results from this expanded carrier screening program. Variants were filtered and classified using the latest American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) guideline; only pathogenic and likely pathogenic variants were confirmed by orthologous methods before being reported...
May 3, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751732/population-screening-for-hemoglobinopathies
#14
H W Goonasekera, C S Paththinige, V H W Dissanayake
Hemoglobinopathies are the most common single-gene disorders in the world. Their prevalence is predicted to increase in the future, and low-income hemoglobinopathy-endemic regions need to manage most of the world's affected persons. International organizations, governments, and other stakeholders have initiated national or regional prevention programs in both endemic and nonendemic countries by performing population screening for α- and β-thalassemia, HbE disease, and sickle cell disease in neonates, adolescents, reproductive-age adults (preconceptionally or in the early antenatal period), and family members of diagnosed cases...
May 11, 2018: Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751163/associations-of-female-exposure-to-bisphenol-a-with-fecundability-evidence-from-a-preconception-cohort-study
#15
Bin Wang, Wei Zhou, Wenting Zhu, Lin Chen, Weiye Wang, Ying Tian, Lisong Shen, Jun Zhang
BACKGROUND: Human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) is common. The reproductive toxicity of BPA has been well characterized. However, the impact of BPA exposure on fecundability in healthy women is less clear, and evidence from eastern countries is lacking. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to prospectively assess the associations of BPA with female fecundability, as measured by time to pregnancy (TTP). METHODS: From 2013 to 2015, we included 700 Chinese couples attempting pregnancy in two preconception care clinics and followed for 12 months or until a pregnancy occurred...
May 8, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749581/preconception-counseling-for-patients-with-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms
#16
REVIEW
Prashant Rao, Eric M Isselbacher
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Acute aortic dissection is a potentially catastrophic cardiovascular emergency that is associated with a high mortality rate. Pregnancy, with its attendant hormonal and physiological changes, increases the risk of dissection in women with known thoracic aortic aneurysms. In this review, we highlight the importance of preconception counseling to help women with known thoracic aortic aneurysms better understand their risk of dissection and the heritable nature of thoracic aortic disease and its associated syndromes...
May 10, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747733/pregestational-diabetes-in-pregnancy
#17
REVIEW
Ronan Sugrue, Chloe Zera
Diabetes is a common chronic condition in women of reproductive age. Preconception care is crucial to reducing the risk of adverse maternal and fetal outcomes, such as hypertensive disorders, abnormal fetal growth, traumatic delivery and stillbirth, associated with poor glycemic control. Insulin is the preferred medication to optimize glucose control in women with pregestational diabetes. Frequent dose adjustments are needed during pregnancy to achieve glycemic goals, and team-based multidisciplinary care may help...
June 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29747730/maternal-congenital-heart-disease-in-pregnancy
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REVIEW
Megan E Foeller, Timothy M Foeller, Maurice Druzin
Congenital heart disease comprises most maternal cardiac diseases in pregnancy and is an important cause of maternal, fetal, and neonatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Pregnancy is often considered a high-risk state for individuals with structural heart disease as a consequence of a limited ability to adapt to the major hemodynamic changes associated with pregnancy. Preconception counseling and evaluation are of utmost importance, as pregnancy is contraindicated in certain cardiac conditions. Pregnancy can be safely accomplished in most individuals with careful risk assessment before conception and multidisciplinary care throughout pregnancy and the postpartum period...
June 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29744539/community-based-pre-pregnancy-care-programme-improves-pregnancy-preparation-in-women-with-pregestational-diabetes
#19
Jennifer M Yamamoto, Deborah J F Hughes, Mark L Evans, Vithian Karunakaran, John D A Clark, Nicholas J Morrish, Gerry A Rayman, Peter H Winocour, Clare Hambling, Amanda W Harries, Michael J Sampson, Helen R Murphy
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Women with diabetes remain at increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with poor pregnancy preparation. However, women with type 2 diabetes are less aware of and less likely to access pre-pregnancy care (PPC) compared with women with type 1 diabetes. We developed and evaluated a community-based PPC programme with the aim of improving pregnancy preparation in all women with pregestational diabetes. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study comparing pregnancy preparation measures before and during/after the PPC intervention in women with pre-existing diabetes from 1 June 2013 to 28 February 2017...
May 9, 2018: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739547/campaigning-for-preconception-health
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EDITORIAL
The Lancet
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May 5, 2018: Lancet
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