Study of incidence of low birth weight babies and its association with some confounding maternal factors
Author(s): Poonam Gupta
Abstract: Mother’s weight is a good index of her nutrition. It’s well known that small or light mothers tend to produce a small baby and large mother’s tends to larger baby. So the purpose of the study is to find out the incidence of LBW and maternal weight gain in 3rd trimester of pregnancy, height and her socio-economic status on to the birth weight. The study was conducted in obstetric wing of LLRM Medical College. The patients that attended antenatal clinic and booked cases delivered retrospectively are included in the study book (100 singleton pregnancies). All the observations in the study were evaluated statically Chi-Square test. The incidence of LBW in our study is 30%. The critical height of the mother is less than 150 cms for LBW. Mother’s with excessive weight gain more than or equal to 6 Kg or insufficient (1 to 3 Kg) weight gain in 3rd trimester in pregnancy gave birth to LBW’s. Mother’s belonging to high socio-economic class (Class I & II as per updated Gupta & Mahajan Socio-Economic classification) delivered NBW’s.