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Gestational weight gain and child adiposity at age 3 years
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Emily Oken
  • Elsie M. Taveras
  • Ken P. Kleinman
  • Janet W. Rich-Edwards
  • Matthew W. Gillman
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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine the associations of gestational weight gain with child adiposity. STUDY DESIGN Using multivariable regression, we studied associations of total gestational weight gain and weight gain according to 1990 Institute of Medicine guidelines with child outcomes among 1044 mother-child pairs in Project Viva. RESULTS Greater weight gain was associated with higher child body mass index z-score (0.13 units per 5 kg [95% CI, 0.08, 0.19]), sum of subscapular and triceps skinfold thicknesses (0.26 mm [95% CI, 0.02, 0.51]), and systolic blood pressure (0.60 mm Hg [95% CI, 0.06, 1.13]). Compared with inadequate weight gain (0.17 units [95% CI, 0.01, 0.33]), women with adequate or excessive weight gain had children with higher body mass index z-scores (0.47 [95% CI, 0.37, 0.57] and 0.52 [95% CI, 0.44, 0.61], respectively) and risk of overweight (odds ratios, 3.77 [95% CI: 1.38, 10.27] and 4.35 [95% CI: 1.69, 11.24]). CONCLUSION New recommendations for gestational weight gain may be required in this era of epidemic obesity.
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Emily Oken, Elsie M. Taveras, Ken P. Kleinman, Janet W. Rich-Edwards, et al.. "Gestational weight gain and child adiposity at age 3 years" American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Vol. 196 Iss. 4 (2007)
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