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Maternal anthropometry as predictors of low birth weight.
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PMID:  15980024     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The usefulness of maternal anthropometric parameters i.e. maternal weight (MWt), maternal height (MHt), maternal mid-arm circumference (MMAC) and maternal body mass index (MBMI) as predictors of low birth weight (LBW) was studied in 395 singleton pregnancies. The maternal anthropometric parameters were measured in the first trimester of pregnancy and were plotted against the birth weight of the newborns. Significant positive correlations were observed among MWt and birth weight (r=0.38), MHt and birth weight (r=0.25), MMAC and birth weight (r=0.30) and MBMI and birth weight (r=0.30). The most sensitive being MWt (t=7.796), followed by MMAC (t=5.759), MHt (t=4.706) and MBMI (t=5.89). For prediction of LBW, the critical limits of MWt, MHt, MMAC and MBMI were 45 kg, 152 cm, 22.5 cm, 20 kg/m2 respectively. From these observations, the use of colour-coded weighing machines, height rods and tapes may be devised for use by peripheral health workers and traditional birth attendants for detection of mothers at risk of delivering low birth weight babies (Table 5). Mothers who have anthropometric parameters in the 'red zone' are at risk of delivery LBW infants.
C Mohanty; Rajniti Prasad; A Srikanth Reddy; Jayant K Ghosh; T B Singh; B K Das
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2005-06-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of tropical pediatrics     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0142-6338     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Trop. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  2006 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-26     Completed Date:  2006-04-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8010948     Medline TA:  J Trop Pediatr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  24-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
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MeSH Terms
Cohort Studies
Developing Countries
Follow-Up Studies
Gestational Age
India / epidemiology
Infant, Low Birth Weight*
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Welfare / statistics & numerical data*
Observer Variation
Predictive Value of Tests
Prenatal Care / methods
Risk Assessment
Survival Rate

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