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What is fetal distress?

What is fetal distress?

Low fetal health: A decrease in fetal well-being can happen for several reasons. Fetal distress can occur during the pregnancy or during labor. The warning signs are a decrease in the usual daily level of movement, greenish material present in a sample of the amniotic fluid, a decrease in the heart beats on routine check or during a labor contraction. ...Read more

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Dr. Irwin Merkatz
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Fetal Distress (Definition)

Fetal distress = an imprecise term which refers to signs that a fetus is not well ...Read more


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What causes fetal distress?

What causes fetal distress?

Poor perfusion: Anything that prevents oxygenation of your fetus can cause "distress". Placental abnormalities, premature separation, or cord compression or blockage. Poor blood flow to the uterus can also cause it whether from hemorrhage, ischemia, or injury. Fetal malformations can also cause it. In short, prenatal care ensures that you are not at risk for these and screens for problems with ultrasound & nsts. ...Read more

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What causes fetal distress ? Any way I can prevent it from happening to my baby during my pregnancy?

What causes fetal distress ? Any way I can prevent it from happening to my baby during my pregnancy?

Fetal distress: Fetal distress is a term which is used to indicate that the fetus, ( ie baby inside the womb) is in trouble. This trouble usually occurs during labor, but sometimes it may precede onset of labor. Causes include cord compresson, placental prolems related to maternal health before and during pregnancy. If you maintain good health your fetus will be healthy enough to respond well to treatments. ...Read more

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M South Indian.What is Fetal Distress.if baby dies inside womb after due date,will the mother have severe abdominal pain or some kind of distress?

M South Indian.What is Fetal Distress.if baby dies inside womb after due date,will the mother have severe abdominal pain or some kind of distress?

Fetal distress: Fetal distress is a vague term Obgyns use to describe a fetus that is in imminent jeopardy. Typically when that term is used a c section is done. A fetal demise is the term used for when a baby dies prior to delivery. In some cases the mother may have pain or symptoms (such as during a placental abruption). In other cases such as a cord accident there are no signs at all ...Read more

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Fetal heart rate has dropped below 70, is this considered fetal distress?

Fetal heart: This is very abnormal, in fetal distress there might be a temporary drop but if it is persistent, baby might be having a heart block, best is to ask your doc ...Read more

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Can the sickle cell trait cause fetal distress?

Yes: In a study from the 90's, fetal distress in labour was seen in 17% and 11.5% were delivered by emergency caesarean section. Compared with a comparable group of women without sickle cell trait, the mean birthweight of the babies (3202 g) was not reduced. The main maternal complications were recurrent urinary tract infections (6%) and haematuria (16.5%). ...Read more

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Can emotional distress cause fetal distress? I'm 34weeks pregnant and I'm very emotional and I cry a lot I mean everyday is this effecting my baby ?

Can emotional distress cause fetal distress? I'm 34weeks pregnant and I'm very emotional and I cry a lot I mean everyday is this effecting my baby ?

Talk to OB: Tell your OB how you're feeling and ask what to do. Each situation is different. Your OB is taking care of both you and your baby and is the best person to ask for help. Don't be embarrassed. It's not your fault. Getting help for yourself is helping your baby. See: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/depression-pregnancy.pdf ...Read more

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What is considered frantic fetal movement? 29w5d baby makes some sudden, repetitive, hard movements that shake me over. Like jabs. Distress? Seizures?

What is considered frantic fetal movement? 29w5d baby makes some sudden, repetitive, hard movements that shake me over. Like jabs. Distress? Seizures?

Get checked: Many innocent things can cause these sensations but when it comes to pregnancy i would err on the side of caution. It is wise to see your doctor if you think the baby is acting abnormally. ...Read more

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There is a significant difference between a 20 weeks fetus and a 30 weeks one at the u/s? What about 13 weeks and 20 wks?

There is a significant difference between a 20 weeks fetus and a 30 weeks one at the u/s? What about 13 weeks and 20 wks?

Yes, there sure is: There is an unmistakable difference between a 20-week fetus and a 30-week fetus on ultrasound scanning, just like there is an unmistakable difference between a 13-week fetus and a 20-week fetus. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see a fetus on the u/s but no gestional sac and no fetal pole, even if I measure right at 6wk. When I'm 6wk by my last peroid.

Is it normal to see a fetus on the u/s but no gestional sac and no fetal pole, even if I measure right at 6wk. When I'm 6wk by my last peroid.

I'm not sure: I understand the question. The fetal pole is the fetus at an early stage, and it would be impossible to see a fetus without a gestational sac except possibly with fetal demise/abortion. At 6 weeks in a normal pregnancy, the gestational sac and yolk sac should be visible, and the fetal pole may or may not be visible. ...Read more

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Lmp 11/1/13. 30 day cycles. U/s 1/20/14 measured fetus 11w4d edd aug 7. U/s 4/22/14 measured 24w5d edd aug 7. When did i conceive? Margin of error?

Lmp 11/1/13. 30 day cycles. U/s 1/20/14 measured fetus 11w4d edd aug 7. U/s 4/22/14 measured 24w5d edd aug 7. When did i conceive? Margin of error?

11/18 +/-: Most women ovulate 14 days prior to their next period. If you are having 30 day cycles consistently, you should ovulate around cycle day 18 +/- 5 days. For you that would have been 11/18. Your fertile interval can be calculated more precisely if you know the length of your longest and shortest period. Based on the u/s, you would have conceived around 11/13, +/- 7 days. ...Read more

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I was 9wks 6days on my 1st u/s (6/25/12). Is that correct knowing that the fetus doubles in size after the 6th week of pregnancy? U/s go by ga / fa ?

I was 9wks 6days on my 1st u/s (6/25/12). Is that correct knowing that the fetus doubles in size after the 6th week of pregnancy? U/s go by ga / fa ?

Ultrasound accurate: The most accurate dating will be by ultrasound done between 6 to 10 weeks gestational age. With the information provided. Due date is january 27th. Estimated conception dates are may 1st plus or minus 4 days. ...Read more

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What point is an embryo, fetus, or baby considered a human being in the u.S.?

What point is an embryo, fetus, or baby considered a human being in the u.S.?

Depends: This depends on who you ask. Some have a personal opinion that life begins at conception, some at "reasonable expectation of viability", some at birth.Various states have their own legal definition of status.I don't expect the arguments to be resolved in my lifetime & i doubt there will ever be a consensus on the matter. ...Read more

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Does the fetus double in size after 6 weeks of pregnancy, causing the u/s to be off my two weeks? Anytime after 6 weeks of pregnancy?

Does the fetus double in size after 6 weeks of pregnancy, causing the u/s to be off my two weeks? Anytime after 6 weeks of pregnancy?

Yes and no: Here is a link to a chart of the crown rump length averages: http://www.Babycenter.Com/average-fetal-length-weight-chart as you can see, the crl can double about every 2 weeks. But this doesn't mean the u/s measurement can be off by 2 weeks. The error of the u/s measurement depends on when the u/s is done. Earlier has less error +/-3 days while end of pregnancy error can be very large +/- 2w. ...Read more

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Dr told me on 4/24 that my baby was measuring 7w/5d fetal age fr the u/s and gave me a DD of 12/7. Shouldn't my due date be 30w/1d fr 4/24?

Dr told me on 4/24 that my baby was measuring 7w/5d fetal age fr the u/s and gave me a DD of 12/7. Shouldn't my due date be 30w/1d fr 4/24?

Calculating length: 40 weeks is the length attributed to pregnancy. This is'counted' from the first day of your last menstrual period. If you were 7 and 5/7 on 4/24 then 30 and1/7 makes you just shy of 38 weeks, not 40 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the u/s error margin for a fetus of 4w2d after conception? Scan indicated ga of 4-5wks due to no embryo visible but shld have been ga 6w3d.

Too early: A fetus can be seen about week 6-7. If you are only measuring only 4 weeks then it is too early to see anything. I suspect your doctor did a bhcg test and scheduled you for a follow up sonogram in 1-2 weeks to recheck. ...Read more