Journal Article

Parturient Fundal Height as a Predictor of Low Birth Weight

C. Mohanty, B. K. Das and O. P. Mishra

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 44, issue 4, pages 222-224
Published in print August 1998 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online August 1998 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI:
Parturient Fundal Height as a Predictor of Low Birth Weight

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The usefulness of parturient fundal height as a predictor of low birth weight (LBW) was studied in 151 singleton pregnancies. The symphysis to fundus (S-F) distance was measured in early labour and was plotted against the birth weight of the newborns. A significant positive correlation was observed between the two parameters (r = +0.740). For the prediction of LBW, the critical limit of the fundal height was 31 cm, meaning that a S-F distance of more than 31 cm is reasonably safe while lesser values predict a higher chance of a LBW infant From these observations, the use of a colour-coded tape by peripheral health workers and traditional birth attendants is suggested: red for S-F <28cm, yellow for S-F = 28–31 cm, and green for S-F >31 cm. Mothers who have a fundal height in the ‘red zone’ are at risk of delivering LBW infants.

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