Before RFTS, understanding what contributes to pregnancy well-being or increases risk for adverse outcomes, like miscarriage and preterm birth, was limited to small studies or those in settings that did not represent a typical woman in the United States planning a pregnancy. Most research missed crucial information about the time around conception and the first few weeks of pregnancy.
We are grateful to thousands of women, in eight areas of the country, who enrolled very early in pregnancy–most before their first prenatal visit, or while they were hoping to conceive. Each woman provided details about facets of her life, including personal characteristics, medical history, and daily activities, as well as habits and behaviors, at multiple times. What we have learned results from their generous gift of trust and patience in sharing their stories.
We care about sharing results of our research with both the scientific community and with women who can be reassured or benefit from the contributions of our study volunteers. Reach describes how many journal articles have been published by the researchers, how other scientists note that those publications informed future work, and how much attention the results of the research gain online from sources like media outlets, social accounts, and video links.
Uterine fibroids unlikely to increase risk of spontaneous or induced preterm birth
About 1 in 10 women have fibroids during pregnancy. Fibroids have been reported to increase risk of preterm birth. We have previously published lack of an overall increase in risk of early births among women with fibroids. To be cautious we examined the type of preterm birth more closely separating births preceded by 1) preterm labor which is early onset of contraction and dilation, 2) preterm premature rupture of the amniotic sac, and 3) reasons of the mother’s or infant’s health that required early delivery. In this new analysis that included more than 4,600 women, we confirmed risk is not linked to preterm birth that occurs spontaneously or is induced. This study is published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.
Welcome to the News Vault
We’ve rounded up media coverage and added some of our own summaries about what Right From the Start research means. Print, broadcast, and online news, original scientific articles, and finding groups that share mutual interests give us all better access to information about health around the time of conception and pregnancy health. Staying informed, checking that sources are reliable, and having details to share supports good decisions and can be helpful to discuss with your doctor or midwife.