Tag Archives: Postpartum

Maternal programming during pregnancy induces long-term postpartum obesity

During normal pregnancy, mothers always gain body weight within a proper range. However, many women worry that extra pounds put on during pregnancy will not be lost after childbirth and, in fact, past studies have shown that excessive gestational weight gain is associated with immediate postpartum weight retention. But in a new study using a… Read More »

Postpartum Care in the United States: Some Progress But Still So Far to Go

Earlier this year the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a revised Committee Opinion calling for a new paradigm for postpartum care in the United States.  Moving away from the single postpartum check at 6 weeks, ACOG has made a significant change in its recommendations for postpartum care: “All women should ideally have… Read More »

Is Acupuncture Effective for Postpartum Depression?

In a recent meta-analysis, researchers screened electronic databases and analyzed data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of acupuncture for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD). Primary outcomes included improvement in depressive symptoms, as by scores on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAMD) or the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS).   The authors identified a… Read More »