The velocity of fetal growth is associated with the breadth of the placental surface, but not with the length

Saleh H. Alwasel, Abdul Halaim Harrath, Jamal S. Aljarallah, Zeinab Abotalib, Clive Osmond, S. Y. Al Omar, Kent Thornburg, David J P Barker

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    10 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract

    Objectives: Studies of the placenta in pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia have led to the suggestion that tissue along the length and breadth of its surface has different functions. A recent study in Saudi Arabia showed that the body size of newborn babies was related to the breadth of the surface at birth but not to its length. We have now examined whether the association between placental breadth and body size reflects large size of the baby from an early stage of gestation or rapid growth between early and late gestation. Methods: We studied 230 women who gave birth to singleton babies in King Khalid Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In total, 176 had ultrasound measurements both before 28 weeks and at 28 weeks or later, which we define as early and late gestation. We used these to calculate growth velocities between early and late gestation, which we expressed as the change in standard deviation scores over a 10-week period. Results: The breadth of the placental surface was correlated with fetal growth velocity. The correlation coefficients were 0.24 (P=0.002) for the head circumference, 0.24 (P=0.001) for the biparietal diameter and 0.34 (P

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)534-537
    Number of pages4
    JournalAmerican Journal of Human Biology
    Volume25
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jul 2013

    Fingerprint

    fetal development
    Fetal Development
    pregnancy
    baby
    Saudi Arabia
    infants
    Pregnancy
    Body Size
    body size
    Parturition
    pre-eclampsia
    head circumference
    Growth
    Pre-Eclampsia
    placenta
    Placenta
    neonates
    Head
    Newborn Infant

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology
    • Anatomy
    • Genetics
    • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

    Cite this

    Alwasel, S. H., Harrath, A. H., Aljarallah, J. S., Abotalib, Z., Osmond, C., Al Omar, S. Y., ... Barker, D. J. P. (2013). The velocity of fetal growth is associated with the breadth of the placental surface, but not with the length. American Journal of Human Biology, 25(4), 534-537. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.22405

    The velocity of fetal growth is associated with the breadth of the placental surface, but not with the length. / Alwasel, Saleh H.; Harrath, Abdul Halaim; Aljarallah, Jamal S.; Abotalib, Zeinab; Osmond, Clive; Al Omar, S. Y.; Thornburg, Kent; Barker, David J P.

    In: American Journal of Human Biology, Vol. 25, No. 4, 07.2013, p. 534-537.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Alwasel, SH, Harrath, AH, Aljarallah, JS, Abotalib, Z, Osmond, C, Al Omar, SY, Thornburg, K & Barker, DJP 2013, 'The velocity of fetal growth is associated with the breadth of the placental surface, but not with the length', American Journal of Human Biology, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 534-537. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.22405
    Alwasel, Saleh H. ; Harrath, Abdul Halaim ; Aljarallah, Jamal S. ; Abotalib, Zeinab ; Osmond, Clive ; Al Omar, S. Y. ; Thornburg, Kent ; Barker, David J P. / The velocity of fetal growth is associated with the breadth of the placental surface, but not with the length. In: American Journal of Human Biology. 2013 ; Vol. 25, No. 4. pp. 534-537.
    @article{a4e7ad11dd8d4953bb2074cec24df793,
    title = "The velocity of fetal growth is associated with the breadth of the placental surface, but not with the length",
    abstract = "Objectives: Studies of the placenta in pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia have led to the suggestion that tissue along the length and breadth of its surface has different functions. A recent study in Saudi Arabia showed that the body size of newborn babies was related to the breadth of the surface at birth but not to its length. We have now examined whether the association between placental breadth and body size reflects large size of the baby from an early stage of gestation or rapid growth between early and late gestation. Methods: We studied 230 women who gave birth to singleton babies in King Khalid Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In total, 176 had ultrasound measurements both before 28 weeks and at 28 weeks or later, which we define as early and late gestation. We used these to calculate growth velocities between early and late gestation, which we expressed as the change in standard deviation scores over a 10-week period. Results: The breadth of the placental surface was correlated with fetal growth velocity. The correlation coefficients were 0.24 (P=0.002) for the head circumference, 0.24 (P=0.001) for the biparietal diameter and 0.34 (P",
    author = "Alwasel, {Saleh H.} and Harrath, {Abdul Halaim} and Aljarallah, {Jamal S.} and Zeinab Abotalib and Clive Osmond and {Al Omar}, {S. Y.} and Kent Thornburg and Barker, {David J P}",
    year = "2013",
    month = "7",
    doi = "10.1002/ajhb.22405",
    language = "English (US)",
    volume = "25",
    pages = "534--537",
    journal = "American Journal of Human Biology",
    issn = "1042-0533",
    publisher = "Wiley-Liss Inc.",
    number = "4",

    }

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - The velocity of fetal growth is associated with the breadth of the placental surface, but not with the length

    AU - Alwasel, Saleh H.

    AU - Harrath, Abdul Halaim

    AU - Aljarallah, Jamal S.

    AU - Abotalib, Zeinab

    AU - Osmond, Clive

    AU - Al Omar, S. Y.

    AU - Thornburg, Kent

    AU - Barker, David J P

    PY - 2013/7

    Y1 - 2013/7

    N2 - Objectives: Studies of the placenta in pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia have led to the suggestion that tissue along the length and breadth of its surface has different functions. A recent study in Saudi Arabia showed that the body size of newborn babies was related to the breadth of the surface at birth but not to its length. We have now examined whether the association between placental breadth and body size reflects large size of the baby from an early stage of gestation or rapid growth between early and late gestation. Methods: We studied 230 women who gave birth to singleton babies in King Khalid Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In total, 176 had ultrasound measurements both before 28 weeks and at 28 weeks or later, which we define as early and late gestation. We used these to calculate growth velocities between early and late gestation, which we expressed as the change in standard deviation scores over a 10-week period. Results: The breadth of the placental surface was correlated with fetal growth velocity. The correlation coefficients were 0.24 (P=0.002) for the head circumference, 0.24 (P=0.001) for the biparietal diameter and 0.34 (P

    AB - Objectives: Studies of the placenta in pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia have led to the suggestion that tissue along the length and breadth of its surface has different functions. A recent study in Saudi Arabia showed that the body size of newborn babies was related to the breadth of the surface at birth but not to its length. We have now examined whether the association between placental breadth and body size reflects large size of the baby from an early stage of gestation or rapid growth between early and late gestation. Methods: We studied 230 women who gave birth to singleton babies in King Khalid Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In total, 176 had ultrasound measurements both before 28 weeks and at 28 weeks or later, which we define as early and late gestation. We used these to calculate growth velocities between early and late gestation, which we expressed as the change in standard deviation scores over a 10-week period. Results: The breadth of the placental surface was correlated with fetal growth velocity. The correlation coefficients were 0.24 (P=0.002) for the head circumference, 0.24 (P=0.001) for the biparietal diameter and 0.34 (P

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84879461873&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84879461873&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    U2 - 10.1002/ajhb.22405

    DO - 10.1002/ajhb.22405

    M3 - Article

    VL - 25

    SP - 534

    EP - 537

    JO - American Journal of Human Biology

    JF - American Journal of Human Biology

    SN - 1042-0533

    IS - 4

    ER -