A Sampling of Recent Pregnancy-Related Research

January 8, 2018 at 1:05 pm

Every once in a while, I like to peruse pregnancy-related research on Google Scholar and Google News. Here’s a sampling of research I found relevant from 2017 and early 2018. Some of the findings seem pretty unsurprising, but I felt they were worth mentioning. Study abstracts are linked in parentheses following each summary.

Hyperemesis gravidarum, pregnancy hypertension, pre-eclampsia, and cesarean section are associated with an increased risk for postpartum depression in first-time mothers (Psychological Medicine, January 23, 2017).

Stronger maternal-fetal bonding during pregnancy leads to a stronger maternal-infant bond after birth (American Journal of Perinatology, February 17, 2017).

Childbirth education classes and birth plans are associated with a higher incidence of vaginal delivery (Birth: Issues in Prenatal Care, March 2017).

Mistreatment (including discrimination and abuse) by a care provider during childbirth is associated with a higher incidence of complications during delivery and postpartum (Maternal and Child Health, September 2017).


Breastfeeding for at least two months cuts the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in half (Pediatrics, November 2017).

For low-risk mothers who have had one previous cesarean, having a repeat cesarean results in a poorer health-related quality of life than having a VBAC (Birth: Issues in Prenatal Care, Dec 5, 2017).

Increased maternal choline intake during the third trimester improves infant information processing speed (The FASEB Journal, December 7, 2017).

Maternal intake of folic acid and multivitamins before and during pregnancy is associated with reduced risk of autism spectrum disorders in offspring (JAMA Psychiatry, January 3, 2018).

One in four pregnant women experience mental health problems (such as depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders) (British Journal of Psychiatry, January 4, 2018).

Animal study indicates that acetaminophen use during pregnancy might impair the future fertility of female offspring (Endocrine Connections, January 5, 2018).

Conception while using an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) is associated with a greater risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight babies, bacterial infections, and miscarriage (Research paper presentation, January 8, 2018).