by Sara Lindberg on August 28, 2020

“When this happens, nerve receptors continue to fire or be stimulated to the extent that the brain thinks there is fetal movement — clearly even when none is present,” explains Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB-GYN and maternal fetal medicine, director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln. This is similar to phantom missing limb pain, when amputees continue to experience sensation after the limb is removed.

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