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Folate status during labor: relationship with pregnancy outcome.
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PMID:  10090493     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to determine the folate status of pregnant women at labor, and to detect probable relationships with the gestational age at delivery, the birth weight of the newborns, as well as the mode of the delivery, taking into account any changes in the fetal heart rate (FHR) at labor and, subsequently, operative delivery. METHODS: Maternal serum folate levels were determined using automated fluorometric enzyme-linked assays. Gestational age was determined by ultrasound in the first trimester followed by serial fetal biometry. RESULTS: The results of our study in 101 consecutive pregnant women revealed that the mean (+/-SD) maternal serum concentration of the folate during labor was 12.01 (+/-4.16) ng/ml (range 2.50-23). The mean (+/-SD) gestational age at labor was 38.5 (+/-1.2) weeks (range 35-41 wks) as also the mean (+/-SD) birth weight of the newborns was 3.217 (+/-403) g (range 2,000-4,250 g). CONCLUSIONS: No significant correlation (p>0.05) between folate levels of the maternal serum and gestational age at delivery or birth weight was found. The mode of delivery as a result of probable relationship between operative delivery and maternal serum folate levels was also not found.
K Stefanidis; T Stefos; A Vekris; A Sotiriadis; N Dalkalitsis; D Lolis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of maternal-fetal medicine     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1057-0802     ISO Abbreviation:  J Matern Fetal Med     Publication Date:    1999 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-05-06     Completed Date:  1999-05-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9211288     Medline TA:  J Matern Fetal Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  61-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ioannina University Hospital, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight
Delivery, Obstetric
Folic Acid / blood*
Gestational Age
Heart Rate, Fetal
Labor, Obstetric / blood*
Pregnancy Outcome*
Reg. No./Substance:
59-30-3/Folic Acid

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