Effects of maternal touch of the abdomen on fetal cardiotocography patterns

Takeaway

  • Maternal touch of the abdomen increased fetal movements but had no effect on fetal cardiotocography patterns.

Why this matters

    As fetal heart rate variation has been shown to be the most useful cardiotocography indicator of fetal well‐being, the results of this study indicate that tactile stimulation of the maternal abdomen does not appear to alter fetal well‐being.