Human fetal breathing: associated changes in heart rate and beat-to-beat variability.

@article{Divon1985HumanFB,
  title={Human fetal breathing: associated changes in heart rate and beat-to-beat variability.},
  author={Michael Y. Divon and Etan Z. Zimmer and Lawrence D. Platt and Emil P{\'a}ldi},
  journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology},
  year={1985},
  volume={151 3},
  pages={403-6}
}
A computerized quantification of fetal heart rate and beat-to-beat variability was performed during and between fetal breathing episodes. Sixteen healthy pregnant women at term participated in the study. The results indicate that fetal breathing is associated with a significant increase in beat-to-beat variability (from 4.48 +/- 1.66 between breathing episodes to 5.80 +/- 2.04 during breathing episodes, p less than 0.01) and a small but significant decrease in fetal heart rate (from 142.7 +/- 8… CONTINUE READING

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