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Association of parental weight with pregnancy weight gain and outcome [electronic resource] /

by Banerji, Rini.

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Association of Parental Weight with Pregnancy Weight Gain and Outcome Rini Banerji The purpose of this study was to determine the association of paternal of paternal BMI with maternal weight gain, the birth weight of the newborn and to develop a prediction equation. This study utilized a purposive sampling technique. The participants for this study were recruited from five different WIC sites in north central West Virginia. The sample consisted of 156 participants out of which 93 completed the study. Data was collected from the participants through direct administration of questionnaires and personal interviews. The data was analyzed using the statistical software STATISTICA version 5.5, 1999. The findings of this study indicate that there is a linear association between fathers’ BMI and pregnancy weight gain and a curvilinear relationship between mothers’ pre-pregnancy BMI and pregnancy weight gain. The prediction equation is as follows: Weight Gain = 6.38764 + 0.45436(F_BMI) + 0.46060(M_BMI) -0.01453(M_BMI)2 - 2.70644(Parity) This equation is significant at p < 0.001, R2 = 0.23, n=93 This equation may have practical application for developing strategies during pregnancy.
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School:West Virginia University

School Location:USA - West Virginia

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:pregnant women birth weight

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