Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed doi:10.1136/archdischild-2012-303566
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  • Letter

Maternal adiposity and newborn vascular health

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  1. Michael R Skilton4,5
  1. 1Department of Obstetrics, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Royal Women's Hospital Pregnancy Research Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  4. 4Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  5. 5Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michael R Skilton, Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, Sydney Medical School, Medical Foundation Building K25, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia; michael.skilton{at}
  • Received 17 December 2012
  • Revised 17 December 2012
  • Accepted 6 January 2013
  • Published Online First 27 February 2013

The prevalence of overweight and obesity in women of childbearing age is up to 60% in developed nations.1 We sought to determine whether maternal adiposity is associated with aortic wall thickening in newborns, prior to prolonged postnatal exposure to potential confounders; and if so, whether this association is independent of birth weight, a known risk factor for later cardiovascular disease.

Twenty-three pregnant women, age 35.6 years (SD 4.8; range 27.0–44.6), were recruited at 16.3 weeks gestation (SD 2.2; range 11.4–20.6) from The Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Women who had quit smoking in the previous 6 months were excluded; however those who continued to smoke were not. Maternal height and weight were measured at study entry. Overweight and obesity was defined as a body mass index (BMI)≥25 kg/m2, which we believe will not …

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