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Maternal Ramadan fasting and neonatal health

(2004) Maternal Ramadan fasting and neonatal health. J Perinatol. pp. 748-50. ISSN 0743-8346 (Print) 0743-8346

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This retrospective cohort study sought to determine the effects of maternal Ramadan fasting during pregnancy on neonatal birth weight as an important aspect of fetal health. It was carried out among healthy women who were admitted for their neonate delivery at two medical centers in Tehran from January to September 2000. Neonates of 284 mothers with a history of Ramadan fasting during pregnancy were compared with neonates of 255 mothers who did not have a history of fasting during their pregnancies. On univariate analysis, neonatal birth weight of the fasted group was 100 g more than those of the nonfasted group (p=0.009). However, body mass index (BMI) of the fasted mothers was greater than that of the nonfasted mothers. When controlling for maternal BMI on neonatal birth weight, multiple linear regression models showed that neonates of fasted women were 71 g heavier than those of the nonfasted group, which was not statistically significant (p=0.1). We conclude that maternal fasting during Ramadan did not have a significant effect on the neonatal birth weight. Other health effects that we did not observe could have occurred.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adult *Birth Weight *Fasting Female Follow-Up Studies *Health Status Humans Infant, Newborn Iran *Islam Male *Pregnancy *Pregnancy Outcome Retrospective Studies
Page Range: pp. 748-50
Journal or Publication Title: J Perinatol
Journal Index: Pubmed
Volume: 24
Number: 12
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ISSN: 0743-8346 (Print) 0743-8346
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی

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