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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. / Genc, Mehmet R. / Greenough, Anne / Grunebaum, Amos / Konje, Justin C. / Kurjak M.D., Asim / Romero, Roberto

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Volume 32, Issue 1


The ponderal index in triplets: IV. Relationship with maternal height

E. Rossi / A. Szerszen / C. Ahn / L. G. Keith / D. J. Rhea / I. Blickstein
Published Online: 2005-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPM.2004.014


The purpose of the study was to further evaluate the relationship between maternal height and neonatal ponderal index and length. A total of 774 triplet sets with matched maternal stature was available for analyses. We found a significant correlation between maternal height and infant length for both nulliparas (R[2]=0.70, p=0.04) and multiparas (R[2]=0.99, p=0.00005). The slopes of the regressions were different than zero, but the difference between the respective regressions was not significant (p=0.83). The analysis revealed a significant correlation between infant ponderal index and maternal stature for nulliparas (R[2]=0.68, p=0.04) but not for the multiparas (R[2]=0.08, p=0.6). The slope of the regression for nulliparas was different than zero, but that for the nulliparas was not. The difference between the respective regressions was significant (p=0.03). We conclude that taller mothers deliver longer infants, irrespective of parity, whereas the effect of maternal height on the ponderal index is parity-dependent.

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Published Online: 2005-06-01

Published in Print: 2004-02-06

Citation Information: Journal of Perinatal Medicine, Volume 32, Issue 1, Pages 74–77, ISSN (Print) 0300-5577, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/JPM.2004.014.

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