Catch-up growth in females born short for gestational age reduces the risk of giving birth to short-for-gestational-age infants
2004 (English)In: Hormone Research, ISSN 0301-0163, E-ISSN 1423-0046, Vol. 61, no 1, 21-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the present study was to study the effect of catch-up growth on the offspring's length at birth among females born short for gestational age.
Data of 1,363 females born short for gestational age (<-2 standard deviation scores) were obtained from the Swedish Birth Register. The females were included in the register both as babies and mothers. The effect of catch-up growth on the offspring's birth length was studied.
Short adult stature was associated with a threefold increase in the risk of giving birth to a short infant [OR 3.08 (CI 1.73-5.50)] and smoking increased the risk in a dose-dependent manner. Overweight was associated with a reduced risk [OR 0.46 (CI 0.22-0.96)] of giving birth to a short infant.
CONCLUSION: Catch-up growth to normal adult stature among women born short for gestational age is associated with a reduced risk of giving birth to a short-for-gestational-age infant.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 61, no 1, 21-26 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-90796DOI: 10.1159/000075193PubMedID: 14646398OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-90796DiVA: diva2:163271