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Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy and Low Birth Weight
WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health
  • Liang Wang, East Tennessee State University
  • Tiejian Wu, East Tennessee State University
  • Xuefeng Liu, East Tennessee State University
  • James Li Anderson, East Tennessee State University
  • Arsham Alamian, East Tennessee State University
  • Maosun Fu, Shandong University
  • Jun Li, Shandong
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2012
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Background: Limited epidemiologic studies have investigated the effects of pesticide exposure during pregnancy on low birth weight in offspring in rural China.
Methods: A survey of a total of 503 women was conducted in Ling county of Shandong Province of China following delivery from 1 November 2009 to 8 February 2010.
Results: After adjustment for confounding and compared with no pesticide exposure, multiple logistic regression showed a non-significant increased likelihood of low birth weight for both children of mothers exposed to pesticides when not pregnant (OR = 1.80, 95% CI: 0.62, 5.22) and mothers exposed to pesticides during pregnancy (OR = 2.42, 95% CI: 0.73, 8.08); multiple linear regression showed a non-significant reduced birth weight for both children of mothers exposed to pesticides when not pregnant (β=–0.59, p=0.28) and mothers exposed to pesticides during pregnancy (β=–0.89, p=0.15).
Conclusions: Exposure to pesticides during pregnancy was associated with a non-significant increase in low birth weight in this rural Chinese population. Future studies using larger sample sizes and longer follow-up periods are warranted.

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Liang Wang, Tiejian Wu, Xuefeng Liu, James Li Anderson, et al.. "Pesticide Exposure During Pregnancy and Low Birth Weight" WHO South-East Asia Journal of Public Health Vol. 1 Iss. 3 (2012) p. 232 ISSN: 2224-3151
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/arsham-alamian/47/