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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 10, Issue 1, February 2014 pp 133-135

Research Article

The Study of Anthropometric Measurements of Newborn Babies in Relation to Gestational Age


Anupama M. P.1, Dakshayani K. R.2

1Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Adichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, B. G. Nagar, Mandya, Karnataka, INDIA.

2Professor and Head, Department of Anatomy, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Mysore, Karnataka, INDIA.



Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



The body measurements of infant at birth act as an index of child’s health and in turn predict the future growth of infant. There are various physiological and pathological factors affecting the anthropometric parameters of the newborns. One of the physiological factors is the gestational age of the newborn which has a profound influence on the intrauterine growth of the foetus. The present study is conducted in 200 newborn babies. All the anthropometric parameters in the newborns born less than 37 weeks, 38 to 40 weeks and more than 40 weeks of gestational age showed an increase in their mean values with the increase in gestational age which were statistically significant.