Excessive gestational weight gain predicts large for gestational age neonates independent of maternal body mass index
Source: Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, Volume 25, Number 5, May 2012 , pp. 538-542(5)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:Objective: To determine the effects of maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain (GWG) on large-for-gestational-age (LGA) birth weight (≥90th % ile). Methods: We examined 4321 mother-infant pairs from the Ottawa and Kingston (OaK) birth cohort. Multivariate logistic regression (controlling for gestational and maternal age, pre-pregnancy weight, parity, smoking) were performed and odds ratios (ORs) calculated. Results: Prior to pregnancy, a total of 23.7% of women were overweight and 16.2% obese. Only 29.3% of women met GWG targets recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), whereas 57.7% exceeded the guidelines. Adjusting for smoking, parity, age, maternal height, and achieving the IOM’s recommended GWG, overweight (OR 1.99; 95%CI 1.17–3.37) or obese (OR 2.64; 95% CI 1.59–4.39) pre-pregnancy was associated with a higher rate of LGA compared to women with normal BMI. In the same model, exceeding GWG guidelines was associated with higher rates of LGA (OR 2.86; 95% CI 2.09–3.92), as was parity (OR 1.49; 95% CI 1.22–1.82). Smoking (OR 0.53; 95%CI 0.35–0.79) was associated with decreased rates of LGA. The adjusted association with LGA was also estimated for women who exceeded the GWG guidelines and were overweight (OR 3.59; 95% CI 2.60–4.95) or obese (OR 6.71; 95% CI 4.83–9.31). Conclusion: Pregravid overweight or obesity and gaining in excess of the IOM 2009 GWG guidelines strongly increase a woman’s chance of having a larger baby. Lifestyle interventions that aim to optimize GWG by incorporating healthy eating and exercise strategies during pregnancy should be investigated to determine their effects on LGA neonates and down-stream child obesity.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: 3Clinical Research Unit, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ontario, Canada 2: 1Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Publication date: May 1, 2012