05 February 2016

Maternal and Fetal Determinants of Neonatal Body Composition.

Posted in English, Body Composition, Scientific

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New study has been published investigating the importance of neonatal body composition as it can influence the development of obesity during childhood and beyond

The aim of the study was to demostrate that fetal growth and maternal factors might influence neonatal fat mass percentage (FM%), independent of birth weight.

194 healthy neonates were tested their body composition, by air-displacement plethysmography (PEAPOD), and its associations with estimated fetal weight (EFW), neonatal anthropometric data, maternal preconceptional body mass index (BMI) and maternal weight gain during pregnancy.

The study shows that "term neonates have a large variation in FM%. Neonatal FM% is associated with EFW at 30 and 36 weeks, catch-up in weight between 30 and 36 weeks of gestation and preconceptional BMI of the mother".

The article details are the following:

- Title: "Maternal and Fetal Determinants of Neonatal Body Composition"
- Authors: Breij L.M. · Steegers-Theunissen R.P.M. · Briceno D. · Hokken-Koelega A.C.S. - Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics, Erasmus Medical Centre/Sophia Children's Hospital, and bDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- Published in
:Horm Res Paediatr 2015;84:388-395

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