Routine antenatal care for women and their babies: summary of NICE guidance

Shalmali Deshpande* (Corresponding Author), Maija Kallioinen, Kate Harding, Guideline Committee, Mairead Black

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Refer women who are 13+ weeks pregnant with unexplained vaginal bleeding to secondary care for review Advise women to avoid going to sleep on their back after 28 weeks of pregnancy and to consider using (for example) pillows to maintain their position while sleepingRates of maternal mortality and stillbirth are highest among women and babies from deprived areas, and higher among black, mixed ethnicity, and Asian women and babies compared with those who are white
Routine ultrasound scanning is not recommended in low risk singleton pregnancies during the third trimester
Original languageEnglish
Article numbern2484
Number of pages5
Early online date29 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding: SD and MK received support from the National Guideline Alliance (NGA) at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), which is commissioned and funded by NICE to develop clinical, public health, and social care guidelines and to write this BMJ summary. No authors received special funding from any other source to write this summary.


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