Reduced birthweight in short or primiparous mothers: Physiological or pathological?

X. Zhang, S. L. Mumford, S. Cnattingius, E. F. Schisterman, M. S. Kramer

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Abstract

Objective Customisation of birthweight-for-gestational-age standards for maternal characteristics assumes that variation in birth weight as a result of those characteristics is physiological, rather than pathological. Maternal height and parity are among the characteristics widely assumed to be physiological. Our objective was to test that assumption by using an association with perinatal mortality as evidence of a pathological effect. Design Population-based cohort study. Setting Sweden. Population A total of 952 630 singletons born at ≥28 weeks of gestation in the period 1992-2001. Methods We compared perinatal mortality among mothers of short stature (

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1248-1254
Number of pages7
JournalBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume117
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Birthweight
  • directed acyclic graph
  • effect decomposition
  • gestational age
  • maternal height
  • parity
  • perinatal mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Medicine(all)

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