Maternal psychological morbidity and low birth weight in India.


Patel, V; Prince, M; (2006) Maternal psychological morbidity and low birth weight in India. The British journal of psychiatry, 188. pp. 284-5. ISSN 0007-1250 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.105.012096

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Abstract

Depression following childbirth is associated with poor child growth in developing countries. We describe the association between psychological morbidity during pregnancy and low birth weight (<2.5 kg). A cohort of 270 mothers was recruited from a district hospital in Goa, India; all mothers were interviewed with a screening questionnaire for psychological morbidity. Babies of 250 mothers were reviewed at birth to measure their weight. Excluding 5 premature babies, we found that maternal psychological morbidity was independently associated with low birth weight (odds ratio 1.44, 95% CI 1.0-2.07). We conclude that maternal psychological morbidity has an adverse impact on foetal growth.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 16507972
Web of Science ID: 235987300016
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/12175

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