The first step towards managing prolonged pregnancy is to reduce the number of cases of prolonged pregnancy by providing ultrasound verification of gestational age for all pregnancies. A systematic review shows that routine second trimester ultrasound reduces the number of cases of prolonged pregnancy . A recent randomized controlled trial of first versus second trimester ultrasound showed a lower rate of post-term pregnancy in pregnancies dated by first trimester ultrasound . A secondary analysis of data from the FASTER Trial showed that first trimester ultrasound determination of gestational age by crown-rump length as opposed to LMP reduces the apparent incidence of pregnancies greater than 41 weeks from 22.1 to 8.2% .
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