Signs And Symptoms Of Fetal Distress

Fetal distress is also known as ‘non reassuring fetal heart tracing’. It basically describes an abnormal condition or signs of illness in a fetus. The signs and symptoms of fetal distress are usually observed during labor. These symptoms can also be felt by the expectant mothers during their pregnancy.

If your baby is in good health in the uterus, it will have a strong and even heart beat. It will also respond to different stimuli with the subsequent movements. If your baby shows these signs, it means that the baby is not under any sort of fetal distress during labor.

But if the baby shows the signs and symptoms of fetal distress, it indicates that the baby is in some kind of trouble. Some signs and symptoms of fetal distress are discussed below.

Fetal Movement – You should choose a certain time when your baby is most active everyday. And then observe and count the number of times your baby kicks.

If your baby kicks for at least ten times in that particular hour then you need not worry. It indicates that your baby is alright. If your baby does not kick or kicks for less number of times someday then you must inform your doctor because cessation or decrease in the movement of fetus is a sign of fetal distress.

Fetal Heart Rate – If your baby is in distress, a change in your baby’s heart beat will be detected by your doctor. Doctors usually monitor the baby’s heart beat rate during labor contractions. If your baby’s heart beat is found to be unstable or irregular, it indicates that your baby is in fetal distress.

Cramping Cramping during pregnancy can occur due to various reasons. But if you experience cramps, along with any kind of bleeding, you must consult your doctor without delay because it could be a sign of miscarriage or a symptom of fetal distress.

Vaginal Bleeding or Spotting – If you experience any type of spotting or vaginal bleeding during early pregnancy, especially during first trimester, then it could be a sign of miscarriage. You must contact your doctor immediately.

Others – Some other signs of fetal distress are: Breakage of your water before 37 weeks, gaining very little weight, and passing of meconium i.e. first stool by your baby while your baby is still in the uterus.

Rakesh Kumar Lakshman

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