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Risk Factors for Low Birth Weight

Risk Factors

2013-2015 data show the following risk factors contribute to having a low birth weight infant: *Preterm births *Maternal chronic disease, such as hypertension *Multiple gestation (e.g. twins) *A pre-pregnancy BMI of underweight or obese *Inadequate weight gain during pregnancy *Tobacco or alcohol use during pregnancy *Lack of or inadequate prenatal care *Intervals less than 3 months between pregnancies *Previous pregnancy resulting in a low birth weight infant

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Content updated: Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:46 MDT