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Preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care

Medical problems during pregnancy

This section includes RHL summaries of published systematic reviews on various aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, including preconception care, management of miscarriage, antenatal care, medical problems in pregnancy, disorders that might affect the unborn baby, complications arising during pregnancy, the induction of labour, and the care of the mother and newborn during and immediately after childbirth.
Magnesium Sulfate preparation for intravenous administration

WHO recommendation on magnesium sulfate regimen to prevent and treat eclampsia

Screening for gestational diabetes mellitus based on different risk profiles and settings for improving maternal and infant health

A glass of water and capsules

Micronutrient supplementation in pregnant women with HIV infection

A HIV positive woman prepares to take her ARV medicine, Uganda.

Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for treating HIV infection in ART-eligible pregnant women

A health worker hands mineral tablets to a pregnant woman during a prenatal consultation, Sierra Leone

WHO recommendation on magnesium sulfate as the first line anticonvulsant in women with eclampsia

In a labour ward, a doctor examines a pregnant woman before her delivery, Bangladesh

WHO recommendation on induction for the prevention of eclampsia in women with severe pre-eclampsia, a viable fetus and before 34 weeks of gestation

Pregnant woman drinking water while sitting on hospital bed

WHO recommendation on induction for the prevention of eclampsia in women with severe pre-eclampsia, a viable fetus and between 34 and 36 (plus 6 days) weeks of gestation

Pregnant woman receiving intravenous oxytocin.

WHO recommendation on induction for the prevention of eclampsia in women with severe pre-eclampsia when the fetus is not viable

Pregnant woman at hospital

WHO recommendation on use of magnesium sulfate to prevent and treat eclampsia, where the full regimen cannot be administered

Tablets in hand

WHO recommendation on magnesium sulfate for the prevention of eclampsia in women with severe pre-eclampsia

A female health worker monitors the blood pressure of a pregnant woman in a Maternity Waiting Home, Mongolia.

WHO recommendation on antihypertensive drugs for women with severe hypertension during pregnancy

Pregnant woman speaks to a doctor, Ethiopia

WHO recommendation on choice and route of administration of antihypertensive drugs for women with severe hypertension during pregnancy

A pregnant woman learns about iron folic tablets as part of her antenatal care at a local health center, Bangladesh

WHO recommendation on timing of low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) for pre-eclampsia prevention in high-risk women

A health worker takes the blood pressure of a pregnant woman.

WHO recommendation on low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) for pre-eclampsia prevention in high-risk women

Anaemia during pregnancy

A maternal and child health aide explains to a young pregnant woman the dosage schedule for her iron supplements

WHO recommendation on intermittent oral iron and folic acid supplementation in pregnant women

A health worker instructs a pregnant pregnant on how to take iron and folic acid supplements

WHO Recommendation on daily oral iron and folic acid supplementation in pregnant women

Hands of a pregnant woman and a health worker show iron pills provided in an integrated health centre, Niger.

Treatments for iron-deficiency anaemia in pregnancy

Hypertension during pregnancy

Magnesium Sulfate preparation for intravenous administration

WHO recommendation on magnesium sulfate regimen to prevent and treat eclampsia

A pregnant woman in Bangladesh receives a check-up.

Antihypertensive drug therapy for mild to moderate hypertension during pregnancy

A health worker hands mineral tablets to a pregnant woman during a prenatal consultation, Sierra Leone

WHO recommendation on magnesium sulfate as the first line anticonvulsant in women with eclampsia