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what is the fetal fibronectin test?

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Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
To rule out PTL.: Fetal fibronectin is a protein that is thought to be the "glue" connecting the baby's amniotic sac to the wall of the mom's uterus. In preterm labor, this glue breaks down and leaks out into the vagina. The fetal fibronectin test checks for the presence of this protein in the vagina. If the test is negative, preterm labor (ptl) is unlikely. If the test is positive, it doesn't mean much.
Dr. Phillip Shubert
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 36 years experience
A preterm labor test: Fetal fibronectin (ffn) is a protein that is present in the vagina early and late in pregnancy. It should not be present between 24-34 weeks. If absent then there is a very low likelihood of delivery within the next 2 weeks. If present then there is about a 20% chance that preterm delivery could occur within the next 2 weeks.

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Is it normal for fetal movement to be sporadic at 20 weeks?

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Yes: Most women feel "quickening" or the baby moving for the first time between 15 and 20 weeks. It is not expected that you feel your baby move regularly until around 28 weeks.
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Is internal fetal monitoring require an invasive procedure?

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Yes: Internal monitoring requires that the bag of water is broken. If it is intact, the doctor will break the bag of water with a tiny plastic hook. If contractions need to be monitored, a small plastic tube (iupc) is slid into the uterus, it gets squeezed during contractions and monitors intensity. If the baby needs to be monitored a small heart rate monitor is attached to the baby's scalp.
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Can the ultrasound reveal any problems with my unborn child?

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No: While an ultrasound done at 20 weeks can pick up many major abnormalities, subtle heart defects, cleft palates, and chromosomal problems may still be missed. The experience of the technician and the doctor reading the results is also a factor.
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Is it better for my liver and fetus to try psychotherapy instead of medications?

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What do you suggest if positive result fetal fibronectin test?

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Dr. Carol Major
Obstetrics and Gynecology 36 years experience
Preterm labor; fFN: Fetal fibronectin can be described as the "glue" that attaches the membranes of the amniotic sac to the side wall of the uterus. If the "glue" starts to leak out giving you a positive test, then you are at greater risk to deliver prematurely. Your risk of early labor is higher since your test is positive. Treatment options include, bed rest, steroids and close observation.

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