Relative effect of parental birth weight on infant birth weight at term
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Volume 32, Issue 4, pages 240–248, October 1987
How to Cite
Langhoff-Roos, J., Lindmark, G., Gustavson, K.-H., Gebre-Medhin, M. and Meirik, O. (1987), Relative effect of parental birth weight on infant birth weight at term. Clinical Genetics, 32: 240–248. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-0004.1987.tb03307.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Received 22 December 1986, accepted for publication 17 May 1987
- birth weight;
- fetal growth;
The relations between some hereditary and environmental factors and the variation in infant birth weight were estimated by multiple linear regression analyses on a sample of 276 Scandinavian single term pregnancies.
Gestational age explained 10.9%, fetal factors (maternal and paternal birth weights and fetal sex) 7.9%, maternal factors (parity, pre-pregnancy weight and height) 5.5% and external factors (adjusted weight gain and smoking) 5.8% of the variation in infant birth weight.
It is concluded that maternal and paternal birth weights are rather poor predictors of infant birth weight. Together they explain only 5.6% of the variation in infant birth weight at term.