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Quality of fetal movements in full term pregnancy: A Swedish population-based study among pregnant women within standrad antenatal care
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7385-5649
Sahlgrenska Akademin, Göteborgs Universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4875-1407
Kvinnor och Barns Hälsa, Uppsala Universitet.
Kvinnor och Barns Hälsa, Uppsala Universitet.
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2012 (English)In: The 2012 international conference on stillbirth, SIDS ant infant survival: Helping babies survive & thrive: Conference programe book / [ed] Kelly Neal Mariotti, USA: The division of reproductive health, centers for disease control and prevention U.S Department of health and human services. Award number 200-2-12-M-50770 , 2012, 113-113 p.Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Aim: To investigate the perceptions of fetal movements among women in full term pregnancy.

Methods: A population-based study. Data were collected by distributing questionnaires including one open question: “Please describe your perception of the baby´s movements during this gestational weekto be answered in writingAll antenatal clinics in one of the counties in Sweden participated. Altogether 505 pregnant women were eligible and fulfilled the inclusion criteria for this study. A matrix, listing seven types of movements was used for the content analysis. Categorization of types of movements was performed with regard to the context described by the women.

Results: 393 (79%) women responded to the open question. Altogether 383 (96%) women perceived fetal movements that were sorted as powerful: firm (78%), slow (24%), stretching (23%), from side to side (18 %) and large (18 %) movements. Most women described movements that corresponded to more than one type of movement. Fifty-three women (13%) also described light movements and seven (2%) startled movements, categorized as non-powerful.  Only ten (4%) women described movements that did not include any of the types of movements in the powerful category. 

Conclusions: In full term pregnancy, fetal movements should include the following three criteria: presence, frequency and intensity.

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USA: The division of reproductive health, centers for disease control and prevention U.S Department of health and human services. Award number 200-2-12-M-50770 , 2012. 113-113 p.
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Conference programme book
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Content analysis, fetal movement, full-term pregnancy, perception
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Hälsa och välfärd, Mammors erfarenheter och beskrivning av sitt barns rörelser i livmodern
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-11803OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-11803DiVA: diva2:602980
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The 2012 international conference on stillbirth, SIDS and infant survival
Available from: 2013-02-04 Created: 2013-02-04 Last updated: 2015-06-12Bibliographically approved

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