Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2016, Volume: 9, Issue: 13, Pages: 1-6
Rania Hussien Al-Ashwal 1*, Syed Mohd Nooh1 ,Ali Aourdjini 2 , Zameera Ibrahim1 , Hisyam Abdulrahman3 ,Nadwa Aziz1 and J. Ravichandran Jeganathan4
1Clinical Science Department, Universiti TeknologiMalaysia, 81310, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia; [email protected], [email protected], [email protected],[email protected] 2Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; [email protected] 3Department of Control and Robotics Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia; [email protected] 4Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Bahru, Malaysia; [email protected]
*Author of Corresponding: Rania Hussien Al-Ashwal Clinical Science Department, Universiti TeknologiMalaysia, 81310, Skudai, Johor, Malaysia; [email protected]
Background: The fetal health is possible to fluctuate and deteriorate and lead to unexpected loss of the pregnancy. Time is crucial for heart life and any decrease in oxygen to the heart muscle is crucial and means death. Therefore, it is substantial to do an obstetric tracing, in order to spot the sudden changes in the fetus health. Problem Statement: Away from all the methods that could measure heart health, fetus movements monitoring is one way to identify the fetal wellbeing. One very popular movement that is used to gauge fetal health is a fetal kick, in which a frequency of perceived and/or registered fetal kicks by a healthy fetus is higher as compared to the frequency of perceived and/or registered fetal kicks a by an unhealthy fetus. However, the conventional methods such as ultrasound and manual measurement endure some errors. Objective: The aim of this study is to develop a portable belt that can be used to measure the fetal movement accurately by setting the appropriate threshold. Methods: A total of 9 Force Sensitive Resistors (FSR) were used to detect a simulated force exerted by fetus on the abdomen of pregnant women in order to count the fetal movements. Finding: Based on the overall result the sensor detects 90% of the kicks given. Conclusion: We believe that this device could help the pregnant women to measure the fetal movement with less attention and can reduce the error.
Keywords: Fetal Health and Technology, Kicks, Monitoring, Sensor
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