Lucrezia Pignatti

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OBJECTIVES To determine whether changes in lifestyle in women with BMI > 25 could decrease gestational weight gain and unfavorable pregnancy outcomes. METHODS Women with BMI > 25 were randomized at 1st trimester to no intervention or a Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Program including diet (overweight: 1700 kcal/day, obese: 1800 kcal/day) and mild(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the l-arginine/NO system and its role in insulin signaling and endothelial function during the pregnancy of women of different BMI categories. STUDY DESIGN Twelve women with BMI⩾25 were compared with 10 normal-weight women in a fasting condition after the infusion of l-arginine (20g in 3h) and after the evaluation of the(More)
INTRODUCTION Inflammation might be an important underlying cause of preterm birth. Our aim is to explore whether vaginal administration α-lipoic acid reduces cervical inflammation and shortening after primary tocolysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS Singleton pregnancies between 24-30 weeks remaining undelivered after hospitalization for preterm labor were(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study is to investigate the safety and efficacy of castor oil to induce labour. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective observational case control study was conducted over five years. Castor oil was proposed to women referred to the Birth Centre (Castor Oil group (COG)). They were compared to women who chose to be followed by the(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the efficacy of progestogens for maintenance tocolysis in women undelivered after their first preterm labor episode. METHODS Women with singleton pregnancies between 22 0/7 and 31 6/7 weeks of gestation with arrested preterm labor and a cervical length 25 mm or less at hospital discharge were eligible. Patients with a previous preterm(More)
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