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Dr. Kennedy The term "fetal distress" refers to compromise of the fetus before labor or during the birthing process. The term is commonly used to describe fetal hypoxia (low oxygen levels in the fetus). Fetal hypoxia may result in fetal damage or death if not reversed or if the fetus is not promptly delivered. Fetal distress can be detected by abnormal slowing of labor, the presence of meconium (dark green fecal material from the fetus) or other abnormal substances in the amniotic fluid, or by fetal monitoring with an electronic device showing a fetal scalp pH of less than 7.2 (an acidic condition). Also, the fetal heart rate slows.



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