Pre-pregnancy weight as a dominant factor of Infant birth length
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Birth length is one of a factor of stunting in toddler. Maternal nutritional status have an association with growth and development of fetus which is represented by birth size. The objective of this research is to find the association of maternal anthropometry; as a representation of maternal nutritional status before and during pregnancy; with birth length in Kabupaten Garut, West Java, Indonesia. This descriptive analytic research was done by cross sectional design, using independent t-test and multiple linear regression as statistical analysis. Results showed that mean birth length is 48.72 ±1.39 cm. There is significant association between maternal pre-pregnancy weight and infant sex with birth length (p<0.05). Pre-pregnancy weight is a dominant factor of birth length (p<0.001). This result showed that maternal pre-pregnancy nutritional status is very important for fetal growth. Nutrition and health programs and education is needed, not only during pregnancy, but also before pregnancy; with teenager and women in reproductive age as main a target.
- Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Master Program, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Padjadjaran, Jl. Prof. Eyckman No. 38 Bandung, West Java, 40161, Indonesia
- Departement of Health, District of Southeast Moluccas, Jl. Pahlawan Revolusi Langgur, Moluccas, 97611, Indonesia
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