Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 288, Issue 3, pp 679–682

Effect of adolescent pregnancy on final adult height in non-Hispanic white women

  • Jaimey M. Pauli
  • Tom Lloyd
  • Allen R. Kunselman
  • Christy M. Stetter
  • William C. Dodson
  • Richard S. Legro
Reproductive Medicine

DOI: 10.1007/s00404-013-2781-4

Cite this article as:
Pauli, J.M., Lloyd, T., Kunselman, A.R. et al. Arch Gynecol Obstet (2013) 288: 679. doi:10.1007/s00404-013-2781-4
  • 216 Downloads

Abstract

Purpose

The objective of this study is to examine the effect of pregnancy on final adult height in women whose first live birth occurred in adolescence (<age 18) compared to women whose first live birth in adulthood (≥age 18).

Methods

This retrospective cohort study used the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2004. Regression analysis was used for comparisons of adult height between the two groups. Three ethnic groups were selected for the analysis: Mexican–American, non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black.

Results

Non-Hispanic white women who gave birth in adolescence were approximately 2.97 cm shorter in final adult height than women who gave birth to their first child at ≥18 years [p = 0.03, 95 % confidence interval (−5.61, −0.33)]. There was no difference in final adult height in either the Mexican–American or non-Hispanic black groups.

Conclusion

Non-Hispanic white women who had their first live birth in adolescence have reduced height compared to women who had their first live birth as an adult.

Keywords

Adolescent pregnancy Pregnancy in adolescence Height Growth and development Bone development 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaimey M. Pauli
    • 1
  • Tom Lloyd
    • 2
  • Allen R. Kunselman
    • 2
  • Christy M. Stetter
    • 2
  • William C. Dodson
    • 3
  • Richard S. Legro
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal MedicinePenn State Hershey, Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterHersheyUSA
  2. 2.Department of Public Health SciencesPenn State Hershey, Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterHersheyUSA
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive EndocrinologyPenn State Hershey, Milton S. Hershey Medical CenterHersheyUSA

Personalised recommendations