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Author: Daundasekara, Sajeevika Saumali
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1. Daundasekara, Sajeevika Saumali
Effects of Immigration Status and Maternal Health Behaviors on Gestational Weight Gain and Adherence to Institute of Medicine Gestational Weight Gain Recommendations
Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston, 2018.
Also: https://uh-ir.tdl.org/uh-ir/handle/10657/3094
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: University of Houston
Keyword(s): Gestation/Gestational weight gain; Immigrants; Mothers, Health; Obesity; Weight

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Gestational weight gain (GWG) is an important consideration during pregnancy as excess weight gains could lead to adverse health conditions in both mother and the child. Immigration status is a potential risk factor of excess GWG. It is important to understand the relationship between immigration status and GWG to design better interventions to control excess GWG. Therefore, the objectives of the current study were 1) to understand the differences between the first and second generation immigrants and non-immigrants with respect to the socio-demographic characteristics and maternal behaviors, 2) to understand whether immigration status is associated with the total GWG and the risk of excess GWG, 3) to determine the socio-demographic and maternal behavior profile of women exceeding the GWG recommendations. The study was conducted as a secondary data analysis using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979.
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Daundasekara, Sajeevika Saumali. Effects of Immigration Status and Maternal Health Behaviors on Gestational Weight Gain and Adherence to Institute of Medicine Gestational Weight Gain Recommendations. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Health and Human Performance, University of Houston, 2018..