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Title: Relationship between maternal characteristics and neonatal birth size in Egypt
Authors: Hassan, N.E.
Shalaan, A.H.
El Mosry, S.A.
Issue Date: 2011
Language: English
Abstract: This study in Egypt investigated the influence of selected maternal factors on neonatal birth size. Data were collected after delivery from 782 apparently healthy pregnant women and their neonates. A questionnaire on personal, medical, socioeconomic status, smoking habits and exposure to smoking was completed. Maternal weight and height, food frequency intake during pregnancy and haemoglobin levels were recorded for 594,234 and 246 of the mothers respectively. Neonatal birth weight, length and head circumferences were measured. A significant positive correlation between maternal anthropometric variables with neonatal birth dimensions was observed and the effect was more evident in girls than boys for BMI and head circumference. Statistically significant negative correlations were found between maternal haemoglobin levels and birth size. Birth size was strongly correlated with maternal consumption of micronutrient-rich food at all stages of gestation. Passive smoking significantly affected birth weight and BMI of girls more than boys
Description: 281-289
Keywords: Pregnant Women
Maternal-Fetal Relations
Body Mass Index
Cross-Sectional Studies
Subject: Birth Weight
ISSN: 1020-3397
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