Electronic Fetal Heart Monitoring
What To Think About
- Not everyone feels the same about fetal
- Some mothers think that fetal heart monitoring is not needed and interferes with the natural birthing process.
- Other mothers think that fetal heart monitoring is reassuring. This may be true if they had problems with earlier pregnancies.
- Fetal monitoring can't predict every type of problem, such as birth defects. Normal fetal heart monitoring test results do not mean that your baby is healthy.
- Continuous monitoring during labor is more likely to be useful for high-risk pregnancies. Intermittent fetal heart monitoring during labor is as effective as continuous monitoring in low-risk pregnancies.
- If your baby appears to be having problems, sometimes a blood sample is taken from a small blood vessel (capillary) in his or her scalp. The blood sample can help determine if your baby is receiving enough oxygen.
- Your baby may move more if you eat or drink juice before having a nonstress test. This may make the test results more useful.
- Sometimes other methods (such as ringing a bell near the uterus) are used to cause changes in your baby's heart rate.
- External fetal heart monitoring is used during other tests of fetal health, such as a nonstress test, contraction stress test, and biophysical profile. For more information, see the topics Reference Contraction Stress Test and Reference Biophysical Profile (BPP).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 18, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference William Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine