A 42-year-old member asked:
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What do frequent changes in fetal heart rate during labor indicate?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Cord compression.: Usually excessive variation of the fetal heart rate in labor is due to some degree of umbilical cord compression.
Answered on Sep 29, 2019

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Dr. Bryan Treacy
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It can be: Depends on how low & for how long & whether the heart rate dip is repetitive. Normal fetal heart rate at term in labor is about 110-160 bpm. An obstet ... Read More
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Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Head compression: Expulsive efforts (pushing) increases compression of the fetal head. There are some dangerous patterns of low heart rate that may lead an obstetrician ... Read More
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A 6-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Dantin
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends: Mother and baby healt make variable outcomes. Lucky those babies are tough.
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Dr. Bryan Treacy
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Infection: The obstetrician will react accordingly. This could signal an intrauterine infection. The pediatrician will also evaluate once baby is born.
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