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Fetal movements in the third trimester – Important information about wellbeing of the fetus

Elsevier B.V.
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DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2010.06.006


Abstract It can be quite natural for pregnant women to believe that a decrease in the frequency of fetal movements at the end of pregnancy is normal if they have been so informed. There is also probably scope for interpretation concerning what is to be regarded as a decrease in the number of movements. Non-evidence-based information that a decrease in fetal movements is normal during the third trimester poses a threat to the unborn baby’s life. If the mother does not react to a decrease in frequency and if she waits too long before contacting healthcare professionals, the window of opportunity to save the baby’s life may be closed.

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