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Management of prolonged pregnancy: a randomized trial of induction of labour and antepartum foetal monitoring. {Inde}. Natl Med J India. 2001 Sep-Oct;14(5):270-3.

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James C, George SS, Gaunekar N, Seshadri L.

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BACKGROUND: The two methods of management of prolonged pregnancy, induction of labour and expectant management with foetal surveillance, have pros and cons. Therefore, we compared the induction of labour with serial antenatal foetal monitoring in the management of post-term pregnancy. METHODS: Seventy-four women with uncomplicated pregnancy at 41 weeks (287 days) of gestation were randomly assigned to undergo either induction of labour or serial antenatal foetal monitoring. Labour was induced in the latter group whenever there was evidence of foetal compromise. Antenatal monitoring consisted of the foetal kick count, non-stress test and biophysical profile. RESULTS: Fifty-seven per cent of women went into spontaneous labour by 41 weeks and 4 days (291 days) of gestation and only 14% developed foetal compromise before that. However, when the gestational age was more than 41 weeks and 4 days (291 days), the incidence of meconium staining of amniotic fluid and evidence of uteroplacental insufficiency increased significantly. The rate of caesarean section, instrumental delivery, foetal distress and duration of labour did not differ significantly between the two groups. CONCLUSION: The policy of inducing labour at 41 weeks and 4 days (291 days of gestation) in uncomplicated pregnancies is justified in our population. However, foetal monitoring should begin at 41 weeks of gestation.

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➡ induction of labor ; post-term pregnancy

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Cécile Loup — 17 Mar 2007

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