CPAP Increases Fetal Movement in Preeclampsia

February 01, 2013

February 1, 2013

A team from the University of Sydney conducted a research entitled “Treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing Reverses Low Fetal Activity Levels in Preeclampsia”. Preeclampsia, a condition experienced by pregnant women is known to be associated with sleep disordered breathing (SDB) and results in reduced fetal activity.

Spearheaded by researcher Diane Blyton, the team examined the correlation between SDB and fetal activity through a series of test including ultrasound, polysomnography and fetal monitoring. The team also employed a possible treatment plan with the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).

Results showed that women who suffer from preeclampsia experienced reductions in fetal movement but with the use of CPAP, fetal movements and hiccups significantly increased.

"In conclusion, preeclampsia is frequently complicated by SDB and reduced fetal activity during sleep. This decrease in fetal activity can be partially reversed by nasal CPAP therapy during maternal sleep," said the researchers.

Developments in maternal and fetal monitoring technologies allow clinicians to give appropriate and effective care. To ensure the effective monitoring of both the mother’s and baby’s health, healthcare professionals should only use high-quality monitoring equipment.

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Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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