Article: New factors that influence baby size

I'm not sure if 60,000 people is a lot or not for this type of study but I do find it interesting considering so many women ask what they're baby "should" weigh at given times in their lives.

The study concluded that while race and ethnicity may have at one point been a factor, they now think that well educated mothers who ate well during their pregnancy ended up with similar sized babies.

That does make sense to me. Pregnant women who are not educated about what is and is not good for them during pregnancy would not make good choices. However, I have a friend who made all of the "right" choices during pregnancy and still gave birth to what would be considered a very small baby.

What do you think about this study? Do you think that the more educated we are and the better we eat, the more "average" our babies will be?

    If you exclude premie births and unrelated medical conditions I could see that educated mother's babies would have healthier birth weights. I mean, even moms in the US who aren't the healthiest still usually eat 3 meals a day (or more). Mothers in Africa, India, or even poverty stricken areas of the US who happen to be less educated and don't have access to good healthcare could definitely have less-healthy newborns.

    I guess, I can understand the correlation but I don't think education CAUSES healthy birth weights. I think it's just that in educated parts of the world have better prenatal care.
      8Theresa Gould
      60000 is actually a lot for some studies, compared to 100 or 300 that we've seen in some of these articles. I wasn't quite sure I agreed with it either.
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