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Construction of weight gain charts in a low-risk obstetric Belgian population.
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PMID:  19893315     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: To generate reference charts for weight gain during pregnancy for the different BMI categories (underweight, normal weight, overweight, obesity), based on recent data in a homogeneous, Caucasian, low-risk obstetric population. METHODS: Weight gain and prepregnancy BMI were retrospectively gathered from 605 pregnant Belgian women with accurately dateable, uncomplicated singleton pregnancies. Percentile curves for the different BMI categories were constructed using the linear mixed model, based on absolute weight gain. The effect of parity on weight gain was examined. RESULTS: Overall mean weight gain was 14.8 kg (+/-4.7). Weight gain differed significantly between underweight (15.4 +/- 4.1 kg) and obese patients (12.0 +/- 5.9 kg), between patients with normal weight (15.1 +/- 4.5 kg) and overweight patients (13.7 +/- 5.3 kg), and between normal-weight and obese patients. Parity had a statistical, but no clinically significant, influence on amount and evolution of weight gain. CONCLUSION: By using strict inclusion criteria, BMI-category-specific reference charts were generated representing, in terms of outcome, the optimal weight gain during pregnancy rather than the mean observed weight gain. This enables the weight charts to be used as a clinical tool during the counseling of pregnant women.
I Guelinckx; K Beckers; G Vansant; R Devlieger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-11-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gynecologic and obstetric investigation     Volume:  69     ISSN:  1423-002X     ISO Abbreviation:  Gynecol. Obstet. Invest.     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-21     Completed Date:  2010-04-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7900587     Medline TA:  Gynecol Obstet Invest     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Clinical Nutrition-Preventive Medicine, Catholic University Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. isabelle.guelinckx @
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MeSH Terms
Body Mass Index*
Linear Models
Pregnancy / physiology*
Reference Values
Retrospective Studies
Weight Gain*

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