The effect of intermittent maternal fasting on computerized fetal heart tracing

J Perinatol. 2005 Feb;25(2):90-2. doi: 10.1038/


Objective: To determine effects of maternal fasting on antepartum computerized fetal heart tracing analysis.

Study design: This was a cross-sectional study of two groups of healthy pregnant women who were recruited, a fasting and a nonfasting control group. Each pregnant woman gave a blood sample, and had a computerized fetal heart tracing.

Results: A total of 124 pregnant women were studied. The mean hours since the last oral intake were significantly different between the two groups (p=0.003). Fetuses of fasted mothers had fewer episodes of large acceleration compared to the controls (p=0.001). This difference was significantly associated with maternal appreciation of fetal movement (p=0.003).

Conclusion: The number of large accelerations in computerized fetal heart tracing is decreased in pregnant women abstaining from food and water.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Fasting / physiology*
  • Female
  • Fetal Movement / physiology
  • Heart Rate, Fetal / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Islam
  • Pregnancy / physiology*
  • Prenatal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology
  • Time Factors


  • Blood Glucose