Fetal distress

 

This is due to exhaustion from the fetus as a result, in most cases, of maternal ketosis which has been transfuse into the baby causing transfusion acidosis. It can be recognized by cardiotocograph machine but may also be easily diagnosed by painstaking fetal heart rate from simple counting and the strength and duration and frequency of uterine contractions.

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Determine frequency of uterine contractions

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Determine duration of contraction e.g. 45 seconds

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Amplitude is determine by palpating the anterior abdominal wall

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Count fetal heart sound every 15 seconds and multiply the figures by 4 to give one whole minute. Plot a simple graph on heart rate with uterine contractions.


 

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