Maternal Obesity and Pre-Pregnancy Folic Acid Supplementation
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|Title:||Maternal Obesity and Pre-Pregnancy Folic Acid Supplementation||Authors:||Farah, Nadine
Kennelly, Mairead M.
Turner, Michael J.
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10229||Date:||24-Apr-2013||Online since:||2019-04-30T12:10:53Z||Abstract:||Objective: The purpose of this nested cohort study was to compare the rate of pre-pregnancy supplementation in obese women with that of women with a normal BMI. Methods: Pregnant women were enrolled at their convenience in a large university hospital. Weight and height were measured in the first trimester and BMI categorised. Results: Of the 288 women, 35.1% were in the normal, 29.5% in the overweight and 35.4% in the obese BMI categories. Only 45.1% (n = 46) of the obese women took pre-pregnancy folic acid compared with 60.4% (n = 61) of women with a normal BMI (p < 0.03). The lower incidence of folic acid supplementation in obese women was associated with an unplanned pregnancy in 36.3% of women compared with 22.8% in the normal BMI category (p < 0.04). Conclusions: Obese women should take folate supplements whether they are planning to conceive or not.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Karger||Journal:||Obesity Facts||Volume:||6||Start page:||211||End page:||215||Keywords:||Maternal obesity; Pre-pregnancy folic acid; Body mass index; Unplanned pregnancy||DOI:||10.1159/000350393||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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