Women’s Health Resource Center

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia has typically been characterized by new-onset hypertension combined with new-onset proteinuria after 20 weeks’ gestation. It is a disorder that involves multiple systems and increases mortality and morbidity in both mothers and infants.1 Preeclampsia complications include progression to eclampsia, renal failure, pulmonary edema, HELLP…

Tobacco Cessation Interventions During Pregnancy

There is no doubt that tobacco use during pregnancy is strongly associated with a variety of avoidable adverse perinatal outcomes like placental abruption, placenta previa, spontaneous rupture of membranes, low birth weight, intrauterine growth restriction, preterm birth, and sudden infant death syndrome.1-5 Alarmingly, newer…

Maternal Stress & Fetal Effects

Pregnancy, for many women, is a time of happiness and anticipated changes. However, even if a woman welcomes these changes, pregnancy can add new stressors to her life. Stress occurs when an individual’s external demands exceed the adaptive capacity of that individual.1 Stressors are different…

Tackling Breastfeeding Challenges

“Breast is best.” This phrase has gained traction in recent years as research continues to link breastfeeding to numerous health benefits for both mother and baby. According to the Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, infants who are breastfed…

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