Suspected macrosomia: will induction of labour modify the risk of caesarean delivery?
Article first published online: 17 JUN 2012
© 2012 The Authors BJOG An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology © 2012 RCOG
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Volume 119, Issue 8, page 1017, July 2012
How to Cite
Cheng, Y., Sparks, T., Laros Jr, R., Nicholson, J. and Caughey, A. (2012), Suspected macrosomia: will induction of labour modify the risk of caesarean delivery?. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 119: 1017. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03327.x
- Issue published online: 17 JUN 2012
- Article first published online: 17 JUN 2012
- Accepted 29 February 2012.
The authors thank Ms Judy Slome Cohain, CNM, for her interest in our paper.1,2 We acknowledge that one limitation of this study design was that the diagnosis of macrosomia was based on known fetal weight, which cannot be accurately determined until the fetus is delivered. We discussed this limitation in our paper (page 407), and emphasized in the Conclusion that further efforts to improve fetal weight estimations would be potentially beneficial (page 408).2 Furthermore, we did not make any recommendation regarding practice change or formulating clinical protocols based on our study findings.
We believe however that our study supports the hypothesis that induction of labour in this setting may provide improved perinatal outcomes, and future large, prospective, randomised clinical trials are necessary to further assess this association. In fact, a recent randomised controlled trial in France examined precisely the same clinical question (induction versus expectant management in women with suspected fetal macrosomia), and reported potential perinatal benefits with no increase in the rate of caesarean delivery.3
We also agree with Ms Cohain1 that nutrition counselling may certainly be prudent as part of routine prenatal care. Furthermore, nutrition counselling should not be limited to women at risk of having fetal macrosomia or women diagnosed with fetal macrosomia, but that all pregnant women may benefit from increased knowledge regarding healthy nutrition and lifestyle.
- 1Suspected macrosomia: will induction of labour modify the risk of caesarean delivery? BJOG 2012;119:1016–7..
- 3Induction of labor or expectant management for large-for-dates fetuses: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2012;206:S1., , , .