A myriad of maternal factors (including pre-existing conditions, environmental exposures, and genetic predisposition) are known to influence pregnancy, childbirth, and the health of both the mother and her child during pregnancy and long after birth. Collectively, these issues represent a serious and growing burden on expectant mothers and their children; for example, in the United States, gestational diabetes is thought to affect between 2 and 10% of mothers each year (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and around 1 in 160 babies are stillborn (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Understanding how these factors can influence outcomes for both mother and child, as well as identifying novel factors that mediate these effects, is crucial in addressing this global problem. BMC Medicine is pleased to launch a Collection titled ‘Maternal factors during pregnancy influencing maternal, fetal and childhood outcomes’, that welcomes outstanding contributions in these fields. We are particularly interested in papers that fall under the following topics:
- Pre-existing medical conditions (for example polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes and endometriosis)
- Maternal stress and mental health (including socio-economic factors, stigmas)
- Environmental exposures (for example smoking, alcohol and pollution)
- Obesity/high BMI
- Nutrition (including macronutrients and essential micronutrients)
- Fetal outcomes in pregnancy (for example stillbirth, preterm birth, normal and disordered fetal growth and cognitive development)
- Childhood outcomes following fetal and maternal complications during pregnancy (for example childhood obesity, cardiovascular disease risk, congenital disorders and cognitive development)
- Maternal outcomes in pregnancy (pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, blood pressure and maternal hemorrhage)
- Maternal and offspring benefits of breastfeeding
- Maternal risk of developing diseases in later life (for example type 2 diabetes, hypertension and gestational diabetes risk in subsequent pregnancies)
- How pregnancy can affect maternal pre-existing/co-existing medical conditions
BMC Medicine encourages submissions of front matter articles and original research including randomised clinical trials (phase I, I/II, II and III as well as positive or negative trials), epidemiological studies (retrospective or prospective), systematic and umbrella reviews, medical imaging, medical genomics studies, biomarkers and translational research. We also welcome outstanding mechanistic laboratory studies that provide translational insights.
Please note that we do not consider case reports.