Journal article

Appropriate-for-gestational-age infants who exhibit reduced antenatal growth velocity display postnatal catch-up growth

Emma J McLaughlin, Richard J Hiscock, Alice J Robinson, Lisa Hui, Stephen Tong, Kirsten M Dane, Anna L Middleton, Susan P Walker, Teresa M MacDonald

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Postnatally, small-for-gestational-age (SGA; birthweight 20 customised estimated fetal weight centiles), and AGA-NG to determine if catch-up growth occurred. In addition, we compared the rates of catch-up growth (defined as an increase in weight age-adjusted z-score of ≥0.67 over 1 year) between the groups with Fisher's exact tests. RESULTS: Of 158 (46%) infant growth records received, 146 were AGA, with low antenatal growth velocity occurring in 34/146 (23.2%). Rates of gestational diabetes and SGA birthweight were higher in those lost to follow-up. Compared to AGA-NG infants, AGA-FGR infants had significantly lower predicted mean weight (p<0.001), length (p = 0.04) and BMI (p =..

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