The relationship between fasting pregnant mothers and newborn growth parameters

Boskabadi, Hassan and Mohebbi, Tahereh (2014) The relationship between fasting pregnant mothers and newborn growth parameters. medical journal of mashhad university of medical sciences, 57 (3). pp. 526-532.

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Introduction: Pregnant mothers always faced with the question of whether or not fasting is harmful for their babies. The research in this area has had conflicting results. Therefore, in order to answer this question, we compared the neonatal growth parameters of mothers who had dealt with this matter and without. Subjects and Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted during 2009-2013 on 1020 neonates at Maternity ward of Ghaem hospital in Mashhad, Iran. Newborns were divided into two groups based on maternal history (infants of mothers who had been fasting for at least 10 days during pregnancy = 614 infants) and control (babies from non-fasting mothers = 386). The growth parameters at birth (weight, height, head circumference) were compared between two groups. Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 11.5, Pearson correlation coefficient, independent t-test, and Mann Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests. Results: The first minute Apgar scores were 8.3 vs. 8.6 (p=0.000), and the fifth minute Apgar scores were 9.1 vs 9.3 (P=0.000) in the control group vs. case group. Average heights of infants were 48.3 cm in the control group and 49 cm in the case group (p=0.098 (. The average birth weights were 3000 g in control group  and 3170 g in case group (p=0.065). Average head circumferences were 33.7cm in the control group and 34 cm in case group (p=0.201(. Conclusion: Based on our findings, neonatal growth parameters were better in the fasting pregnant mothers compared with the non-fasting pregnant mothers. However, this difference was not significant. Newborns of fasting mothers were better at birth.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health
Divisions: Journals > Medical J Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2017 15:16
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