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How doctors should deal with fetal distress

Posted on March 29, 2015 1:07 pm under Medical Malpractice

Fetal distress occurs when a baby’s supply of oxygen inside the womb is compromised due to different factors during pregnancy and labor. These factors might include too much or too little amniotic fluid, medical conditions affecting the mother, and the mother’s position while in labor. If left unmanaged, fetal distress might lead to life-long medical complications, and in the worst cases, may cause death.

Depending on the cause of fetal distress, your doctor may do one or more of the following:

  • If you are lying on your back, your doctor might advise you to lie on your side during labor to reduce the pressure affecting blood vessels leading to the uterus
  • If your blood pressure drops, fluid or blood might be given through an IV to increase the pressure
  • If you’re breathing in less oxygen, extra oxygen might be administered
  • If your baby has a pinched umbilical cord, your doctor might advise you to change position to allow the baby to get off the cord

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