Journal article

Higher maternal dietary protein intake in late pregnancy is associated with a lower infant ponderal index at birth

K Andreasyan, A-L Ponsonby, T Dwyer, R Morley, M Riley, K Dear, J Cochrane

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2007

Abstract

AIM: A high ponderal index at birth has been associated with later obesity and it has been suggested that intervention to prevent obesity and its sequela should consider the antenatal period. In this context, we investigated the association between maternal nutrition and birth anthropometry. DESIGN: We analyzed data on 1040 mother-infant pairs collected during the Tasmanian Infant Health Survey (TIHS), Tasmania, 1988-1989. Maternal dietary intake during pregnancy was measured by food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) applied soon after birth. Outcomes of interest were birth weight, birth length, head circumference, ponderal index, head circumference -to-ponderal index ratio, placenta-to-birth we..

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