There is a linear relationship between maternal height and birth weight. For each 1 cm increase in maternal height, birth weight increases by 16.7 g. Birth weight percentiles should be calculated by taking maternal height into account. We present birth weight percentile values for girls and boys born after 23-43 completed weeks of gestation for 5 maternal height groups. With these percentiles "genetically" small and "genetically" large, but healthy, neonates can be classified more adequately. The calculations are based on data of about 2.2 million singleton pregnancies from the German Perinatal Survey of 1995-2000.
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