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Fetal movement during labor

Authors
Journal
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
0002-9378
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
165
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0002-9378(91)90473-5
Keywords
  • Fetal Movement In Labor
  • Doppler Actograph
  • Fetal Well-Being

Abstract

Abstract The prognostic significance of antepartum fetal movement is well known; therefore it may be a variable in intrapartum fetal well-being. We report the simultaneous observation of fetal movement with fetal heart rate and uterine contractions by processed Doppler actograph signals during spontaneous labor of 22 normal women with normal fetal outcome. The mean percent incidence of fetal movement during labor was 17.3%. The percentage occurring during uterine contractions was 65.9%. Of all uterine contractions, 89.8% were associated with fetal movement. The proportion of time the fetus spent moving during uterine contractions (21.4%) was higher than between uterine contractions (12.9%). Uterine contractions associated with fetal movement were significantly longer than those not associated with fetal movement (p \lt 0.0001). Mean percent incidence of fetal movement did not differ significantly between latent and active-phase labor. This study demonstrates a clear relationship between fetal movement and uterine contractions in labor.

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