Maternal perception of foetal movement compared with movement detected by real-time ultrasound: An exploratory study

Authors

  • Zina R. HIJAZI,

    1. Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
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  • Susan E. CALLAN,

    1. University of Queensland, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Perinatal Research Centre, Centre for Clinical Research, Brisbane, Queensland
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  • Christine E. EAST

    1. Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
    2. Perinatal Medicine, Australia and Pregnancy Research Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Christine E. East, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 7th Floor, Royal Women’s Hospital, 20 Flemington Rd, Parkville Vic. 3052, Australia. Email: eastc@unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

In this exploratory study, women perceived 35.8% of 763 foetal movements seen on 14 ultrasound scans, with increased sensitivity when movements involved more than one foetal body part (adjusted odds ratio (OR) 1.92, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.232–2.999), contacted the uterus (adjusted OR: 2.57, 95% CI: 1.653–3.995) and were of increasing duration (adjusted OR: 9.33, 95% CI: 5.616–15.513). These findings may inform future studies of the importance of and ability to improve women’s perception of foetal movements.

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