Maternal height and prepregnancy body mass index as risk factors for selected congenital anomalies.

@article{Shaw2000MaternalHA,
  title={Maternal height and prepregnancy body mass index as risk factors for selected congenital anomalies.},
  author={Gary M Shaw and Karen Todoroff and Donna M. Schaffer and Steve Selvin},
  journal={Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology},
  year={2000},
  volume={14 3},
  pages={234-9}
}
Previous studies have observed an increased risk of approximately twofold or more for neural tube defects (NTD) associated with maternal obesity before pregnancy based on a body mass index (BMI) of > 29 kg/m2. No additional maternal factor appeared substantially to influence this association. Here, we explore further the association between BMI and NTD risk by considering the separate contributions of maternal prepregnant BMI and height. We also explore whether selected congenital anomalies, in… CONTINUE READING

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