n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - When does the uterine fundus reach the umbilicus? : letter

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Extracted from text ... 102 SAJOG May 2006, Vol. 12, No. 2 To the Editor: Traditional teaching has it that the gravid uterus reaches the level of the umbilicus at 20 weeks' gestation.1, 2 However, this conventional wisdom is mostly not substantiated by studies supporting it.3 According to Nel, the lower edge of the umbilicus corresponds with 20 weeks' and the upper edge with 24 weeks' gestation.4 Although it might appear clinically difficult to separate these two levels, some authors claim that a 24-week pregnancy reaches the umbilicus (upper or lower edge not mentioned), giving some credence to Nel's claim.5 This study was ..

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