Preterm Birth: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Management

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Agnita Malik and Adaja Baarda (Editors)

Series: Women’s Issues
BISAC: MED033000

Preterm birth is defined by WHO as birth before the 36 weeks and 6 days of gestation or before 259 days, counting from the first day of the last menstrual period. Preterm Birth: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Management presents an overview of the epidemiologic characteristics of women who deliver their neonates prematurely, in order to understand the depth of this major obstetrical problem.

Paternal risk factors, including paternal anthropometric and genetic characteristics and life-style habits, are addressed in conjunction with fetal characteristics which may be responsible for increasing the risk of preterm birth.

The authors discuss three important omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention of osteopenia of the preterm newborn: alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid, and docosahexaenoic acid.

The concluding study explores the mechanisms that link periodontitis with adverse pregnancy outcomes and presents a comprehensive critical review of the current scientific stand regarding this relationship.

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Preface

Chapter 1. Epidemiological Factors for Preterm Birth: Maternal Factors
(Panos Antsaklis, MD, PhD, Maria Papamichail, MD, Marianna Theodora, MD, PhD, and George Daskalakis, MD, PhD, 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Fetal Maternal Medicine, Alexandra Maternity Hospital, University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 2. Epidemiological Factors for Preterm Birth: Paternal and Fetal Factors
(Panos Antsaklis, MD, PhD, Maria Papamichail, MD, Marianna Theodora, MD, PhD and George Daskalakis, MD, PhD, Academic Fellow, 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Fetal Maternal Medicine, Alexandra Maternity Hospital, University of Athens, Athens, Greece, and others)

Chapter 3. The Link between DHA and Bone Turnover in the Preterm Neonate
(Javier Diaz-Castro, Jorge Moreno-Fernandez and Julio J. Ochoa, Departament of Physiology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, and others)

Chapter 4. Maternal Periodontal Disease and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: The Current Stand
(Jananni Muthu and Sivaramakrishnan Muthanandam, Department of Periodontology, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental sciences, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry, India, and Associate professor, Departmenu of Oral Pathology & Microbiology, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Science, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be) University)

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