Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Official Journal of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine
Editor-in-Chief: Dudenhausen, MD, FRCOG, Joachim W.
Ed. by Bancalari, Eduardo / Chappelle, Joseph / Chervenak, Frank A. / D'Addario , Vincenzo / Genc, Mehmet R. / Greenough, Anne / Grunebaum, Amos / Konje, Justin C. / Kurjak M.D., Asim / Romero, Roberto / Zalud, MD PhD, Ivica
IMPACT FACTOR 2018: 1.361
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 1.578
CiteScore 2018: 1.29
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.522
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.602
Objective: To ascertain whether increased weight gain during pregnancy resulted in higher birth weight infants.
Methods: A database was constructed from valid data of a sample of 159 healthy women between 19 to 37 years of age. The inclusion criteria were: maternal age of 19–37 years, term gestations (37–42 weeks), a baseline weight obtained at 0–15 weeks gestation, and a final weight obtained within 2 weeks of delivery. Weight gain was calculated by subtracting baseline weight from the final weight. A documented height enabled calculation of BMI. A negative screen for gestational diabetes was required.
Results: Women with lower first trimester BMI (<25) had infants of lower birth weight than women of higher BMI (>25). Women with lower gain (<35 lbs) delivered smaller infants than women with higher gain (>35 lbs). Women of higher BMI and higher gain delivered the largest infants (F = 5.37; p = 0.0015). Underweight women (BMI <19) gained less weight than women of normal weight (BMI 19–25), who gained the most weight. Obese women (BMI > 29) gained the least weight (F = 6.26; p = 0.0005).
Conclusion: The results confirmed that excessive maternal weight gain in pregnancy (> 35 lbs), does result in higher birth weight infants.
Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.