Small-for-gestational-age pregnancies are at cumulative increased risk of stillbirth for each week pregnancy continues beyond 37 weeks
- Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
- Correspondence to: Professor Lesley McCowan, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand;
Implications for practice and research
This article could improve nurses’ knowledge of the importance of small-for-gestational-age (SGA) pregnancies and of their substantial contribution to the burden of stillbirth. It also provides evidence as to why SGA pregnancies are delivered prior to full term.
Longer term outcomes for SGA children must be further investigated, as should maternal attitudes to timing of delivery.
SGA (usually defined as birth-weight <10th centile) affects approximately 10% of pregnancies. Approximately 40% of non-anomalous stillborn infants are SGA, comprising a major contribution to the global public health problem of stillbirth.1 Optimising outcomes for SGA infants diagnosed before birth …