n South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Accuracy of menstrual history in early pregnancy : letter

Volume 9, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0038-2329
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Extracted from text ... SAJOG To the Editor: Dating of pregnancy relies traditionally on the menstrual history using Naegele's rule, and on uterine sizing. Uterine sizing is fraught with inconsistency.1 Globally, the last menstrual period (LMP) date is uncertain or unknown in the case of at least 20% of pregnant women.2 This seems especially true in developing countries where more women are more likely to be uncertain about the LMP and more likely to be late attendees for antenatal care.3 It has, however, been postulated that women booking early for antenatal care have a more accurate recall of the LMP.4 In view of ..

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