Is Pre-pregnancy Overweight or Obesity Associated with an Increased Fast Plasma Glucose Value before the 24th Gestational Week?

Research Paper Title Value of fasting plasma glucose to screen gestational diabetes mellitus before the 24th gestational week in women with different pre-pregnancy body mass index. Background Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is usually diagnosed between 24th and 28th gestational week using the 75-g oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). It is difficult to predict GDM before… Read More


What is the Prevalence of Mild Diastasis Recti (DR) during Pregnancy and after Childbirth?

Research Paper Title Diastasis Recti Abdominis during Pregnancy and 12 Months after Childbirth: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Report of Lumbopelvic Pain. Background/Aim Diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) is defined as a separation of the 2 muscle bellies of rectus abdominis. To date there is scant knowledge on prevalence, risk factors, and consequences of the condition. The present… Read More

Research: Smoking & Weight during Pregnancy

In a study investigating links between parental smoking during pregnancy and high blood pressure in adult daughters, maternal and paternal smoking during pregnancy (> 15 cigarettes per day) was associated with increased rates of hypertension. Adjusting for birth weight had little effect, but adjusting for body shape and weight up to age 18 years or… Read More