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Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 1981 Dec;12(6):347-56.

The obstetric significance of short stature.


A study is made of the obstetric performance of 2791 Maltese women in relation to their stature, the height of almost two-thirds of these mothers was 5 ft. or less. It is confirmed that today the shorter woman continues to carry a higher risk of low birth-weight, cesarean section, low Apgar score, and a bad obstetric history. It should be remembered that whereas maternal height is an index of the woman's general health and nutritional status from her childhood, yet a major role is also played by genetic factors. The obstetric significance of a particular height should be related to the patient's own genetic background. Obstetric management in relation to maternal height entails different cut-off points for different populations.

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