Do abnormal fetal kick counts predict intrauterine death in average-risk pregnancies?
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Structured daily monitoring of fetal movement doesn't decrease the rate of all- cause antenatal death in average-risk pregnancies (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, single good-quality, randomized controlled trial [RCT]). Although maternal perception of decreased fetal movement may herald fetal death, it isn't specific for poor neonatal outcome (SOR: B, single good-quality, diagnostic cohort study). Monitoring fetal movement increases the frequency of non-stress test monitoring (SOR: B, single good-quality RCT).
Journal of Family Practice, 58(4) 2009: 220a-220c.