Anthropometric Factors

Publications under ‘Anthropometric Factors’ examine the association of body size measurements with fertility and reproductive outcomes.  

Wise LA, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Sørensen HT, Riis A, Hatch EE. An internet-based prospective study of body size and time-to-pregnancy. Hum Reprod 2010; 25(1): 253-64.

In a study of Danish pregnancy planners, World Health Organization categories of overweight (BMI 25-29 kg/m2), obese (BMI 30-34 kg/m2), and very obese (BMI ≥35 kg/m2) were associated with lower fecundability than the normal-weight category (BMI 20-24 kg/m2). Male BMI was not related to fecundability after accounting for female BMI.

Hahn KA, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Mikkelsen EM, Brogly SB, Sørensen HT, Riis AH, Wise LA. Body size and risk of spontaneous abortion among Danish pregnancy planners. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 2014; 28(5): 412-23.

The World Health Organization-defined category for obesity (BMI ≥30 kg/m2) was associated with a higher risk of early pregnancy loss (before 8 gestational weeks) compared with the normal-weight category (BMI 20-24 kg/m2). Women of short stature (<166 cm) and those with a low waist-to-hip ratio also had higher risk of pregnancy loss.