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Newborn growth parameters in babies of working and nonworking women: A comparative study

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G R Sunilkumar ,

Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, IN
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Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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K Shwetha,

Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, IN
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Assistant Professor Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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V Pooja

Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, IN
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Medical Student, Sapthagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India 
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Abstract

Objective: To compare neonatal growth parameters in babies of working and non-working women.

Method: This is a hospital based comparative study conducted on pregnant women between 18-35 years of age. Thirty working mothers and 30 nonworking mothers were selected during their antenatal visit to the hospital. The newborn growth parameters recorded after birth were statistically analysed.

Results: In working women mean birth weight, length and head circumference were 2.84kg, 51.8cm and 34.3cm and in non-working women 2.81kg (p >0.05), 48.6cm (p <0.01) and 33.3cm (p <0.01) respectively.

Conclusions: The lengths and head circumferences of babies born to working mothers were significantly more compared to those of babies born to non-working mothers but no difference was found with respect to birth weights.

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2016; 45(4): 276-278

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v45i4.8190

(Key words: Working women, newborn, growth parameters)

 

How to Cite: Sunilkumar, G.R., Shwetha, K. and Pooja, V., 2016. Newborn growth parameters in babies of working and nonworking women: A comparative study. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 45(4), pp.276–278. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v45i4.8190
Published on 05 Dec 2016.
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