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Table 5 Fetal and placental weights and fetal organs

From: Maternal dietary ratio of linoleic acid to alpha-linolenic acid during pregnancy has sex-specific effects on placental and fetal weights in the rat

  Sex High LA (18% Fat) High LA (36% Fat) Low LA (18% Fat) Low LA (36% Fat)
Fetal bodyweight (g) Male 3.33 ± 0.04 3.25 ± 0.08 3.55 ± 0.09 3.32 ± 0.09
Female 3.01 ± 0.06a 2.95 ± 0.09a 3.36 ± 0.12b 3.21 ± 0.08b
Placenta weight (g) Male 0.50 ± 0.02a 0.52 ± 0.03a 0.56 ± 0.03b 0.61 ± 0.02b
Female 0.48 ± 0.02 0.48 ± 0.04 0.52 ± 0.02 0.51 ± 0.03
Fetal liver weight (% BW) Male 7.43 ± 0.42 6.52 ± 0.11 6.81 ± 0.58 6.97 ± 0.25
Female 7.51 ± 0.38a 6.99 ± 0.29b 7.73 ± 0.22a 6.86 ± 0.28b
Fetal-placental ratio Male 6.79 ± 0.24 6.37 ± 0.33 6.51 ± 0.41 5.99 ± 0.41
Female 6.38 ± 0.32 6.35 ± 0.48 7.72 ± 0.96 6.13 ± 0.36
  1. Data are presented as mean values ± SEM (n = 4–6 per group). LA linoleic acid, BW bodyweight. Mean values with unlike superscript letters were significantly different (P < 0.05)