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Women's perceptions of fetal movements in full-term pregnancy.
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PMID:  22980736     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Besides the frequency of the fetal movements the woman's perceptions of the movements can give additional information about the unborn baby's wellbeing.
OBJECTIVE: To explore women's perceptions of fetal movements in full-term pregnancy.
METHODS: Interviews with 40 women in gestational weeks 37+2 to 41+5, all with uncomplicated pregnancies. All women were recruited from one antenatal clinic in the capital of Sweden. With an inductive approach using a content analysis the answers to the question: "Can you describe how your baby has moved this week?" was analysed.
RESULTS: Fetal movements were categorized into seven categories: strong and powerful, large, slow, stretching, from side to side, light, and startled.
CONCLUSIONS: Almost all the women perceived the fetal movements at the end of pregnancy as strong and powerful, and internal pressure. Including women's perceptions of fetal movements in the obstetric anamneses, gives valuable information about the fetus.
Ingela Rådestad; Helena Lindgren
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-06-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sexual & reproductive healthcare : official journal of the Swedish Association of Midwives     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1877-5764     ISO Abbreviation:  Sex Reprod Healthc     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101530546     Medline TA:  Sex Reprod Healthc     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  113-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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