The effect of intermittent maternal fasting on computerized fetal heart tracing

Hisham M. Mirghani, Sarath Weerasinghe, Shamsaa Al-Awar, Lolowa Abdulla, Mutairu Ezimokhai

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-92
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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