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Implications for practice and research
Maternal perception of an active fetus and fetal hiccups is associated with reduced likelihood of late stillbirth.
A sudden change in maternally perceived fetal activity, particularly reduced fetal movements (RFM), is associated with late stillbirth and women should be encouraged to seek advice if this occurs.
Research is needed to examine the possible link between a single period of vigorous fetal activity and risk of late stillbirth.
The relationship between fetal hiccups, fetal breathing movements and their loss in compromised fetuses merits deeper exploration.
There has been no reduction in stillbirth rates for …
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