Pesticide exposure during pregnancy and low birth weight
AbstractBackground: Limited epidemiologic studies have investigated the effects of pesticide exposure during pregnancy on low birth weight in offspring in rural China. Methods: A survey of a total of 503 women was conducted in Ling county of Shandong Province of China following delivery from 1 November 2009 to 8 February 2010. Results: After adjustment for confounding and compared with no pesticide exposure, multiple logistic regression showed a non-significant increased likelihood of low birth weight for both children of mothers exposed to pesticides when not pregnant (OR = 1.80, 95% CI: 0.62, 5.22) and mothers exposed to pesticides during pregnancy (OR = 2.42, 95% CI: 0.73, 8.08); multiple linear regression showed a non-significant reduced birth weight for both children of mothers exposed to pesticides when not pregnant (β=–0.59, p=0.28) and mothers exposed to pesticides during pregnancy (β=–0.89, p=0.15). Conclusions: Exposure to pesticides during pregnancy was associated with a non-significant increase in low birth weight in this rural Chinese population. Future studies using larger sample sizes and longer follow-up periods are warranted.
Liang Wang, Tiejian Wua, Xuefeng Liu, James L Anderson, Arsham Alamian. et al. (2012). Pesticide exposure during pregnancy and low birth weight. WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health, 1 (3), 232 - 238. World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/329837
JournalWHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health, 1 (3): 232 - 238