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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 refers to signs of illness in the baby prior to birth. In order to check the well-being of the baby while you are in labor, your health care providers will monitor the baby's heart rate. While fetal heart monitoring does not prevent a problem from occurring, but changes in the baby's heart rate can help to alert the health care provider that ...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 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