The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has highlighted the publication of a survey, to understand women’s perceptions of how much they should eat during pregnancy. The survey, commissioned by the National Charity Partnership,, found 69 per cent of women are unaware of how many extra calories they need to consume during pregnancy. The RCOG is working with the National Charity Partnership to bust the ’eating for two’ myth and make it easier for people to understand how to make healthy choices during pregnancy to avoid unhealthy weight gain.
Public Health England has updated its leaflet “There are many ways to help protect you and your baby”. This leaflet explains vaccinations that help protect mums and their baby during and after pregnancy. This update includes more detail about the pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine and eligibility.
The Department of Health has published Physical Activity for pregnant women. This infographic outline the duration, frequency and type of physical activity required to achieve general health benefits for different age ranges. It relates to the start active stay active report published by the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers for the NHS, local authorities and a range of other organisations designing services to promote physical activity
Researchers aimed to predict the impact of advising pregnant women to use calcium supplements (1,000 mg/day) on the number of cases of pre-eclampsia prevented and related health care costs. By use of a decision-analytic model, we assessed the expected impact of advising calcium supplementation to either (1) all pregnant women, (2) women at high risk of developing pre-eclampsia, or (3) women with a low dietary calcium intake compared with current care.
The study concluded that advising pregnant women to use calcium supplements can be expected to cause substantial reductions in the incidence of pre-eclampsia as well as related health care costs. It appears most efficient to advise calcium supplementation to all pregnant women, not subgroups only.
Linda J. E. Meertens, Hubertina C. J. Scheepers, Jessica P. M. M. Willemse et al. Should women be advised to use calcium supplements during pregnancy? A decision analysis. Maternal & Child Nutrition 18 JUN 2017 DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12479
The Royal College of General Practitioners has launched the Women’s Health Educational Framework. This is a new library of resources for women’s health, relevant for continuous professional development for GPs and other primary healthcare professionals. It contains the following sections: maternal health; sexual and reproductive Health; pre-menopause; and peri/post-menopause. The resources include eLearning modules, national guidance, courses, workshops, journal articles and reviews on clinical or managerial topics of relevance to GPs and other primary healthcare professionals.
Visit the Women’s Health Educational Framework here
Women who have inherited bleeding disorders may be at significant risk of bleeding following miscarriage, abortion, antenatal procedures and delivery. They require multidisciplinary specialised care tailored to the individual, with cross-specialty communication, including anaesthetists and neonatologists as necessary.
The conditions covered in this guideline are haemophilia A and B, von Willebrand disease (VWD), factor XI deficiency, rare factor deficiencies, fibrinogen disorders, Bernard Soulier Syndrome (BSS), Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia (GT) and other platelet function disorders.
This guideline is intended for both specialist haematologists and obstetricians who have experience in managing pregnant patients with bleeding disorders. In addition, it may be a useful reference text for obstetric anaesthetists and neonatologists. This is the first edition of a combined United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors’ Organisation (UKHCDO) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guideline although a previous guideline was written by the UKHCDO in 2006.
The Royal College of Midwives has endorsed a new campaign called Always ask which is designed to empower pregnant women to overcome fears of asking health professionals questions. The campaign is designed to reduce the number of women who have serious pregnancy complications, or a loss that could have been prevented. The campaign is joint one by Tommys, Kings College London and BabyCentre. It centres on two animation co-created with women and health professionals, and follows recent research from Babycentre that shows more than 60% of women worry that they’re wasting midwives’ time, so don’t ask about health concerns.
Click here for more information on the campaign from Tommys and to view the videos.