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Daily structured approach to awareness of fetal movements and pregnancy outcome - a prospective study
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0830-217X
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2626-2335
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2019 (English)In: Sexual & Reproductive HealthCare, ISSN 1877-5756, E-ISSN 1877-5764, Vol. 20, p. 32-37, article id S1877-5756(18)30321-5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVES: We investigated how women, seeking care due to decreased movements, had paid attention to fetal movements and if the method of monitoring was associated with pregnancy outcome.

METHODS: A questionnaire was distributed to women from gestational week 28, who had sought care due to decreased fetal movements in Stockholm between January 1st and December 31st, 2014. Women were included in the study if the examination did not reveal any signs of a compromised fetus requiring immediate intervention. Birth outcome and sociodemographic data were collected from the obstetric record register.

RESULTS: There were 29166 births in Stockholm in 2014, we have information from 2683 women who sought care for decreased fetal movements. The majority (96.6%) of the women stated that they paid attention to fetal movements. Some women observed fetal movements weekly (17.2%) and 69.5% concentrated on fetal movements daily (non-structured group). One in ten (9.9%) used counting methods daily for observing fetal movements (structured group). Women in the structured group more often had caesarean section before onset of labor (RR 1.6, 95% CI 1.2-2.2) and a lower risk of their baby being transferred to neonatal nursery (RR 0.25, 95% CI 0.03-0.94) compared to women in the non-structured group.

CONCLUSIONS: Women, who had a daily and structured approach to awareness of fetal movements, were more likely to have a caesarean section but their babies were less likely to be transferred to a neonatal nursery as compared with women who used a non-structured method daily.

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2019. Vol. 20, p. 32-37, article id S1877-5756(18)30321-5
Keywords [en]
Awareness, Decreased fetal movements, Pregnancy, Pregnancy outcome, Reduced fetal movements
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-3314DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2019.02.002PubMedID: 31084815OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-3314DiVA, id: diva2:1317407
Available from: 2019-05-22 Created: 2019-05-22 Last updated: 2019-05-22Bibliographically approved

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