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ABSTRACT

Fetal movement charting has been shown to be a reliable indicator of fetal well-being. These charts are currently being used in high-risk pregnancies, but are infrequently used in low-risk pregnancies because of concern over possible increased maternal anxiety. This study examined the effect of daily fetal movement charting on maternal anxiety in a low-risk pregnant population. Thirty-three women were randomly assigned to an experimental (n = 16) or control group (n = 17). The experimental group kept a Cardiff Fetal Movement Chart. All 33 women completed the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory at each clinic visit. The first, second, and last test scores were compared between groups using the t-test. No significant difference was found. Within each group the paired t-test was used to compare scores of the first and second, and first and last test. No significant difference was found.