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Maternal Ramadan fasting and neonatal health.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15343350     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This retrospective cohort study sought to determine the effects of maternal Ramadan fasting during pregnancy on neonatal birth weight as an important aspect of fetal health. It was carried out among healthy women who were admitted for their neonate delivery at two medical centers in Tehran from January to September 2000. Neonates of 284 mothers with a history of Ramadan fasting during pregnancy were compared with neonates of 255 mothers who did not have a history of fasting during their pregnancies. On univariate analysis, neonatal birth weight of the fasted group was 100 g more than those of the nonfasted group (p=0.009). However, body mass index (BMI) of the fasted mothers was greater than that of the nonfasted mothers. When controlling for maternal BMI on neonatal birth weight, multiple linear regression models showed that neonates of fasted women were 71 g heavier than those of the nonfasted group, which was not statistically significant (p=0.1). We conclude that maternal fasting during Ramadan did not have a significant effect on the neonatal birth weight. Other health effects that we did not observe could have occurred.
Zohreh Kavehmanesh; Hassan Abolghasemi
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0743-8346     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinatol     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-23     Completed Date:  2005-04-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  748-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, Baqiyatallah Medical Sciences University, Baqiyatallah Hospital, Tehran 14359, Iran.
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MeSH Terms
Birth Weight*
Follow-Up Studies
Health Status*
Infant, Newborn
Pregnancy Outcome*
Retrospective Studies

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