News in brief: Overdue pregnancies in black and Asian women

Black and South Asian pregnant women need earlier foetal surveillance if they are overdue, say UK researchers. The study of over 197,000 black, South Asian and white pregnant women showed that from term onwards, the increased risk was earliest and steepest in South Asian women, followed by black, then white women. Surveillance should therefore start from 40, rather than 41, weeks’ gestation (BMJ 2007; Online).



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