Mom's health, education impacts baby's size more than ethnicity: Study

Babies around the world born to healthy, well-educated mothers are strikingly similar in size, a...

Babies around the world born to healthy, well-educated mothers are strikingly similar in size, a new study has found.(Fotolia)

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Babies around the world born to healthy, well-educated mothers are strikingly similar in size, a new study has found.

The study looked at almost 60,000 pregnancies in urban areas in Brazil, China, India, Italy, Kenya, Oman, the U.K. and the U.S.

Led by Oxford University researchers, the study found race and ethnicity didn't matter as much as a mother's education, health and nutritional status when it came to a baby's size and in particular, length.

The mean length at birth of the newborns in the study was 49.4 cm, give or take 1.9 cm.

"The fact that when mothers are in good health, babies grow in the womb in very similar ways the world over is a tremendously positive message of hope for all women and their families," researcher Zulfiqar Bhutta from The Aga Khan University in Pakistan and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto said in a press release.

The study was published in The Lancet.


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