fetal movement


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fe·tal move·ment

the movement characteristic of the fetus in utero; usually commences between the 16th and 18th weeks of pregnancy.
See also: quickening.

fetal movement

Kicking Obstetrics The constellation of activity by the fetus in the uterus which, in healthy infants, averages 10/hr

fetal movement

Muscular movements performed by the fetus in utero.
See also: movement
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The number of fetal movements was significantly lower among opiate addicted mothers compared to the control group (P<0.
Fetal movement which impedes the process of conducting the examination is described as evidence that the fetus is "shy," "modest," or "doesn't like" something.
Studying fetal movement in 1983, Vintzeleos and co-workers[12] noted its absence to be the most sensitive indicator of hypoxia, and Rabinowitz et al[13] showed that accelerations are almost always associated with fetal movement, though the converse was not true.
Then there was loss of fetal movement and labor pains 4 days before admission.
Fetal movement was present, and the fetal heart rate was assessed with a fetoscope and found to be at a baseline of 130 with good variation.
Biophysical risk factors included gestational age, fetal movement, tone, breathing activity, heart rate, and amniotic fluid volume.
An absence of fetal movement was reported since 39 weeks' gestation, no fetal heartbeat could be identified with cardiotocography and intrauterine death was diagnosed.
Indeed the less stringent attitude to abortion prior to quickening was the result of the belief that human life was not provably present prior to fetal movement.
The length of the umbilical cord reflects, mainly, the fetal movement (Miller et al.
Kleiman's office, the patient complained of a reduction in fetal movement.
In the conscious patient, maternal perception of fetal movement is a reassuring sign.
The next day, she was readmitted when she noticed lack of fetal movement.