Clinical Study Title:
Maternal prepregnancy weight and congenital heart defects in offspring.

Plain English Summary:
This study looked at the mother's weight prior to being pregnant to determine if it had an effect on heart defects in babies. Women who had given birth to infants with heart defects were interviewed as well as women who had babies without birth defects as a control measure. These women were matched based on other criteria, such as presence of diabetes, etc. They found that underweight women were less likely to have had a baby with a heart defect in general. Especially for average weight and underweight women, the use of a daily multivitamin reduced the risk of infants with a birth defect even more.
Watkins ML. Botto LD.
Birth Defects and Pediatric Genetics Branch, Division of Birth Defects, Child Development, Disability and Health, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30341-3724, USA.
Country of Publication
United States
Epidemiology. 12(4):439-46, 2001 Jul.

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