MECHANISTIC MODELS

Mother-fetus model

To construct a semi-mechanistic model which describes fetal growth (weight, length and body composition) based on maternal protein-energy availability and maternal body and tissue (protein and lipid) composition.

OUTCOMES

Body weight (fat + fat-free mass; adipose tissue sketetal muscle and other lean tissues mass and protein + lipids + water (intracellular and extracellular content); Length

Predictors (other than time)

Protein-energy intake and current pool, water, lipid content in tissues

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