Changes in low levels of lead over the course of pregnancy and the association with birth outcomes

Felicia A. Rabito, Mehmet Kocak, Derek W. Werthmann, Frances Tylavsky, Christopher D. Palmer, Patrick J. Parsons

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Abstract

Data are lacking on the effect of low level prenatal lead exposure. We examined the change in blood lead from the second trimester until delivery and the association between maternal and cord blood lead and birth outcomes in 98 participants of the CANDLE birth cohort study. Mixed effects models were constructed to assess blood lead change over pregnancy and regression models were used to explore the relationship with cord blood lead, characteristics effecting maternal lead, birth weight and gestational age. Overall, the geometric mean maternal blood level was 0.43. μg/dL. Maternal blood lead at each time point was predictive of cord blood lead level. A 0.1. μg/dL increase in second trimester lead was associated with lower birth weight and pre-term birth. Maternal blood lead below 1. μg/dL behaves in a manner similar to lead at higher levels and is associated with a small decrease in birth weight and gestational age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-144
Number of pages7
JournalReproductive Toxicology
Volume50
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

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Blood
Parturition
Pregnancy
Mothers
Fetal Blood
Birth Weight
Second Pregnancy Trimester
Gestational Age
Term Birth
Lead
Cohort Studies

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Changes in low levels of lead over the course of pregnancy and the association with birth outcomes. / Rabito, Felicia A.; Kocak, Mehmet; Werthmann, Derek W.; Tylavsky, Frances; Palmer, Christopher D.; Parsons, Patrick J.

In: Reproductive Toxicology, Vol. 50, 01.12.2014, p. 138-144.

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Rabito, Felicia A. ; Kocak, Mehmet ; Werthmann, Derek W. ; Tylavsky, Frances ; Palmer, Christopher D. ; Parsons, Patrick J. / Changes in low levels of lead over the course of pregnancy and the association with birth outcomes. In: Reproductive Toxicology. 2014 ; Vol. 50. pp. 138-144.
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