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Is it dangerous to have a low heart rate for a term fetus in labor?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

The fetal heart rate is expected to vary before and during labor.
When contractions are strong, the stress on baby can alter the rate. A transient slowing during contractions with recovery between is expected. If it goes down low & altering mom's position some doesn't help it return, it can be a sign of fetal distress & lead to an urgent C-section.

In brief: Depends

The fetal heart rate is expected to vary before and during labor.
When contractions are strong, the stress on baby can alter the rate. A transient slowing during contractions with recovery between is expected. If it goes down low & altering mom's position some doesn't help it return, it can be a sign of fetal distress & lead to an urgent C-section.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Bryan Treacy
Gynecology

In brief: 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 obstetrician will act accordingly depending on the above criteria.

In brief: 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 obstetrician will act accordingly depending on the above criteria.
Dr. Bryan Treacy
Dr. Bryan Treacy
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