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Some women feel fetal kicks years after they've given birth: Interview with Grace Browne


Nash, M, Some women feel fetal kicks years after they've given birth: Interview with Grace Browne, New Scientist, New Scientist Ltd, London, 12 November (2019) [Media Interview]

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Many women feel a fetus-like kicking in their abdomen even after they have given birth. These phantom fetal kicks can last for years and in some cases decades after the pregnancy has ended.

Disha Sasan at Monash University in Australia and colleagues conducted an online survey in which they asked 197 Australian women who had been through pregnancy about whether they had experienced these sensations.

The team found that 40 per cent of the women had experienced phantom fetal kicks after their pregnancy and that the experience continued for an average of 6.8 years after giving birth. For one woman they persisted for 28 years. Almost 20 per cent of the women who experienced the kicks said they felt them daily, and double that proportion said they felt them more than once a week.

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Item Type:Media Interview
Keywords:phantom kicks, pregnancy, women, foetus, motherhood
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Women's and maternal health
UTAS Author:Nash, M (Associate Professor Meredith Nash)
ID Code:136221
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-12-06
Last Modified:2020-01-08

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