Development of Normal Fetal Movements

The Last 15 Weeks of Gestation

  • Alessandra Piontelli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alessandra Piontelli
    Pages 1-13
  3. Alessandra Piontelli, Florinda Ceriani, Isabella Fabietti, Roberto Fogliani, Elisa Restelli, Alessandra Kustermann
    Pages 15-23
  4. Alessandra Piontelli, Florinda Ceriani, Isabella Fabietti, Roberto Fogliani, Elisa Restelli, Alessandra Kustermann
    Pages 25-32
  5. Alessandra Piontelli, Florinda Ceriani, Isabella Fabietti, Roberto Fogliani, Elisa Restelli, Alessandra Kustermann
    Pages 33-40
  6. Alessandra Piontelli, Florinda Ceriani, Isabella Fabietti, Roberto Fogliani, Elisa Restelli, Alessandra Kustermann
    Pages 41-51
  7. Alessandra Piontelli, Florinda Ceriani, Isabella Fabietti, Roberto Fogliani, Elisa Restelli, Alessandra Kustermann
    Pages 53-61
  8. Alessandra Piontelli, Florinda Ceriani, Isabella Fabietti, Roberto Fogliani, Elisa Restelli, Alessandra Kustermann
    Pages 63-74
  9. Alessandra Piontelli, Florinda Ceriani, Isabella Fabietti, Roberto Fogliani, Elisa Restelli, Alessandra Kustermann
    Pages 75-86
  10. Alessandra Piontelli, Florinda Ceriani, Isabella Fabietti, Roberto Fogliani, Elisa Restelli, Alessandra Kustermann
    Pages 87-98
  11. Alessandra Piontelli, Stefano Acerboni, Isabella Fabietti, Roberto Fogliani, Sarah Salmona, Laura Trespidi et al.
    Pages 99-110
  12. Alessandra Piontelli, Florinda Ceriani, Isabella Fabietti, Roberto Fogliani, Elisa Restelli, Alessandra Kustermann
    Pages 111-126
  13. Alessandra Piontelli
    Pages 127-141
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 143-145

About this book

Introduction

In the later stages of gestation, fetal functions undergo increasing change and development, preparing the fetus for the transition to its postnatal environment. Rapid maturation is witnessed in breathing, swallowing, sensory functions, sleep, and many other processes, with corresponding behavioral changes. By 35 to 40 weeks of gestation, fetuses are capable of living ex utero without support, but it is increasingly appreciated that even infants born at between 35 and 36 weeks can suffer long-term consequences. This book, which complements the author’s previous volume on development of normal fetal movements during the first 25 weeks of gestation, discusses in detail the full range of behavioral phenomena observed during the final 15 weeks of gestation, with careful analysis of their mutual relationships. A key feature is the outstanding photographic material, difficult to obtain at this late stage, and the instructive graphs that  are also included. The information provided will alert clinicians to deviations from the norm and to physiologic phenomena that can turn pathologic in infants born prematurely.​

Keywords

Fetal behavior Fetal developmental trends Fetal neurology Prematurity Ultrasound

Authors and affiliations

  • Alessandra Piontelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Maternal/Fetal MedicineClinica Mangiagalli, Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda, Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of MilanMilanItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-88-470-5373-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Italia 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Milano
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-88-470-5372-4
  • Online ISBN 978-88-470-5373-1
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