Why pregnancy bump size measuring matters

New research suggests better monitoring could help prevent stillbirths

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Have you ever wondered what your midwife is doing when she reaches for a tape measure to check the distance from the top to the bottom of your bump? She’s measuring your fundal growth to give an indication of how your unborn baby is growing in the womb.

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New research out today reveals that a quarter of UK stillbirths could be avoided each year if the NHS had a clearer prevention strategy.

According to a report compiled by The Times, one in every 200 babies is stillborn, but most hospitals lack a cohesive plan to reduce the stillbirth rate.  

When questioned, out of 144 hospital trusts in England that run maternity units, only six said they had specific plans in place to reduce stillbirth rates.

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