Maternal Dietary Patterns during Pregnancy Are Associated with Child Growth in the First 3 Years of Life.

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BACKGROUND: Child obesity is a major problem in the United States. Identifying early-life risk factors is necessary for prevention. Maternal diet during pregnancy is a primary source of fetal energy and might influence risk of child obesity. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively investigated the influence of maternal dietary patterns during pregnancy on child growth in the first 3 y of life in 389 mother-child pairs from the Pregnancy, Infection, and Nutrition study. METHODS: Dietary patterns were derived with the use of latent class analysis (LCA) based on maternal diet, collected with the use of a food-frequency questionnaire at 26-29 wk gestation. Associations between maternal dietary patterns and child body mass index (BMI)-for-age z score and overweight or obesity were assessed with the use of linear regression and log-binomial regression, respectively. We used linear mixed models to estimate childhood growth patterns in relation to maternal dietary patterns. RESULTS: Three patterns were identified from LCA: 1) fruits, vegetables, refined grains, red and processed meats, pizza, french fries, sweets, salty snacks, and soft drinks (latent class 1); 2) fruits, vegetables, baked chicken, whole-wheat bread, low-fat dairy, and water (latent class 2); and 3) white bread, red and processed meats, fried chicken, french fries, and vitamin C-rich drinks (latent class 3). In crude analyses, the latent class 3 diet was associated with a higher BMI-for-age z score at 1 and 3 y of age and a higher risk of overweight or obesity at 3 y of age than was the latent class 2 diet. These associations were not detectable after adjustment for confounding factors. We observed an inverse association between the latent class 3 diet and BMI-for-age z score at birth after adjustment for confounding factors that was not evident in the crude analysis (latent class 3 compared with latent class 2-β: -0.41; 95% CI: -0.79, -0.03). CONCLUSION: In this prospective study, a less-healthy maternal dietary pattern was associated with early childhood weight patterns.

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Cited Authors

  • Martin, CL; Siega-Riz, AM; Sotres-Alvarez, D; Robinson, WR; Daniels, JL; Perrin, EM; Stuebe, AM

Published Date

  • November 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 146 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 2281 - 2288

PubMed ID

  • 27683873

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5086788

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-6100

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3945/jn.116.234336


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States