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What are the causes of low birth weight and explain the implications for early and later life disease stat?

What are the causes of low birth weight and explain the implications for early and later life disease stat?

Placenta problems: The most common cause where i come from in smoking. Smoking prematurely ages the placenta, and it does not work as well as it should to provide nutrients to the fetus. This can lead to low birth weight, which has great effects on the early life of the child, including lower resistance to infections, trouble breathing, increased risk of intracranial bleeding, etc. ...Read more

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Is it possible that hypoglycemia in pregnancy cause low birth weight .?

Is it possible that hypoglycemia in pregnancy cause low birth weight .?

Unless you: have diabetes and are on medication to lower your blood sugar, blood sugar in normal (non obese) women is commonly very low during pregnancy, particularly early. Talk w/ your doctor if you have concerns. ...Read more

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Low birth weight and drugs related?

Low birth weight and drugs related?

YES.: Cocaine and many other drugs can lead to preterm birth, lowe birth weight and many other complications that can have life-long consequences for the infant. ...Read more

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What is a major factor in low birth weight?

What is a major factor in low birth weight?

Major Factor: Low birth weight has multiple causes. Utero placental insufficiency being the ultimate culprit. In truth there are many major factors that cause low birth weight. In our present day, in our community i must say that the major factor responsible for lbw is cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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What is the major factor in low birth weight?

Preterm birth.: Preterm birth is probably the highest risk factor for low birth weight - and poor fetal growth can lead to preterm labor/delivery! other risk factors: preeclampsia, diabetes mellitus, obesity in the mother, thyroidopathies, genetic syndromes, familial traits. ...Read more

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What is defined as low birth weight and what are the general risks?

What is defined as low birth weight and what are the general risks?

Moving target: This is one of those things that goes up on a curve, so you have to examine the weight and gestation age to determine if your child is too small. Risks from low birth weight include increased risk of infections, bleeding in the brain, and respiratory problems, just to name a few. ...Read more

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Can low birth weight as a baby affect your weight throughout your life?

Can low birth weight as a baby affect your weight throughout your life?

Unlikely...: It can but it is very unlikely. Our adult weight and height are determined by genetics and lifestyle (eating exercise etc...) ...Read more

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Does low birth weight correlate with low height and build later in life?

Does low birth weight correlate with low height and build later in life?

It can.: Depends on the mid-parental height and the etiology of the low birth weight (e.G prematurity or growth restriction or syndromic condition). Most adults who were born with low weight are of average build. ...Read more