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Fallacy of the Fundal Height

Br Med J 1970; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5732.404 (Published 14 November 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;4:404

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  1. John M. Beazley,
  2. Rosemary A. Underhill

    Abstract

    The method of estimating gestational age from the height of the fundus uteri during pregnancy has been investigated. Such wide variations occur in the length of the maternal abdomen and umbilical position and in the level of the uterine fundus at each gestational age that the method is not reliable. Assessment of uterine size by pelvic examination in the first trimester of pregnancy correlates more closely with gestational age than assessments made by abdominal palpation of the uterus at a later time.

    Footnotes

    • * Some of the results included in this paper were included in a prizewinning essay presented by R.A.U. for the Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospitals Research Prize, 1969.