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J Perinatol. 2005 Feb;25(2):90-2.

The effect of intermittent maternal fasting on computerized fetal heart tracing.

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Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology (H.M.M., S.W., S.A.A., M.E.), Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine effects of maternal fasting on antepartum computerized fetal heart tracing analysis.

STUDY DESIGN:

This was a cross-sectional study of two groups of healthy pregnant women who were recruited, a fasting and a nonfasting control group. Each pregnant woman gave a blood sample, and had a computerized fetal heart tracing.

RESULTS:

A total of 124 pregnant women were studied. The mean hours since the last oral intake were significantly different between the two groups (p=0.003). Fetuses of fasted mothers had fewer episodes of large acceleration compared to the controls (p=0.001). This difference was significantly associated with maternal appreciation of fetal movement (p=0.003).

CONCLUSION:

The number of large accelerations in computerized fetal heart tracing is decreased in pregnant women abstaining from food and water.

PMID:
15526011
DOI:
10.1038/sj.jp.7211221
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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