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Journal of Pregnancy
Volume 2016, Article ID 8984928, 11 pages
Research Article

Predictors of Gestational Weight Gain among White and Latina Women and Associations with Birth Weight

1Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655, USA
2Boston University School of Public Health, 801 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
3Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
4Department of Psychology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 217 Gulick Hall, Geneva, NY 14456, USA
5Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01199, USA

Received 12 May 2016; Accepted 20 June 2016

Academic Editor: Debbie Smith

Copyright © 2016 Milagros C. Rosal et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study examined racial/ethnic differences in gestational weight gain (GWG) predictors and association of first-trimester GWG to overall GWG among 271 White women and 300 Latina women. Rates of within-guideline GWG were higher among Latinas than among Whites (28.7% versus 24.4%, ). Adjusted odds of above-guideline GWG were higher among prepregnancy overweight (OR = 3.4, CI = 1.8–6.5) and obese (OR = 4.5, CI = 2.3–9.0) women than among healthy weight women and among women with above-guideline first-trimester GWG than among those with within-guideline first-trimester GWG (OR = 4.9, CI = 2.8–8.8). GWG was positively associated with neonate birth size (). Interventions targeting prepregnancy overweight or obese women and those with excessive first-trimester GWG are needed.