New research suggests some complications considered “normal” for pregnancy and birth may be related to conditions of hypermobility. The study aimed to examine outcomes and complications in people childbearing with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS)/hypermobility spectrum disorders (HSD).
The research publication highlighted the potential for increased risk related to maternal and neonatal outcomes and complications and the importance of diagnosis and appropriate care considerations for childbearing people with hEDS/HSD.
“Incidences were higher in people with hEDS/HSD than typically found in the general population for pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, pre-term rupture of membranes, pre-term birth, antepartum hemorrhage, postpartum hemorrhage, hyperemesis gravidarum, shoulder dystocia, cesarean wound infection, postpartum psychosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, precipitate labor and being born before arrival at the place of birth.”
“Recommendations include updating healthcare guidance to include awareness of these possible complications and outcomes and including hEDS/HSD in initial screening questionnaires of perinatal care to ensure appropriate consultation and monitoring can take place from the start.”
The recommendations will be incorporated into the first International Guidelines in this area. The Ehlers-Danlos Society is supporting a team of international experts led by Dr. Sally Pezaro, who are producing much-needed guidelines in this area. Learn more.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2023, 20(20), 6957; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20206957