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Fetal Heart Tones: (FHT) The baby's heartbeat. Normal range is 120 to 160 beats per minute.
Involution: The process of the shrinking of the uterus to its pre-pregnant size. This process takes approximately six weeks.

Fetal Heart Tone abnormalities are more likely in the healthy, term fetus after amniotomy. If the ability to cope with stress is already compromised, adverse effects on Fetal Heart Tones are likely to be more common and more severe.

1. Fetal heart tones should have been documented for 20 weeks by nonelectronic fetoscope or for 30 weeks by Doppler.
2. It has been 36 weeks since a positive serum or urine chorionic gonadotropin pregnancy test was performed by a reliable laboratory.

Monitoring fetal heart tones.
Checking fetal growth by measuring the distance between the base and top of your uterus (fundal height).

3. Listen to fetal heart tones from one to three minutes before beginning the procedure, so that you will be able to quickly identify any variation of heart rate during the version.

If the fundal height doesn't match up with the expected gestational age, you may need an ultrasound to find out why.
~s. By the beginning of your second trimester, your doctor can probably hear ~s using a handheld ultrasound device.

This means ~s. It might be written when heard with a plus sign or it might be drawn in over an area of the body on the chart to indicate where your baby's heart tones were heard.

Auscultation of the ~s is not a reliable method of assessing fetal position as they may be heard through the baby's chest as well as through his back.

A monitrice, on the other hand, is a doula who also provides some medical care such as taking blood pressures, monitoring ~s and doing internal exams. A monitrice is generally an RN whereas a doula need not be medically credentialed.

A missed miscarriage is when embryonic death has occurred but there is not any expulsion of the embryo. It is not known why this occurs. Signs of this would be a loss of pregnancy symptoms and the absence of ~s found on an ultrasound.

It is also known as gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD). Some symptoms of molar pregnancy are vaginal bleeding, high level of HCG in blood test, absence of ~s. If you perform an ultrasound test you can find grape-like clusters in the uterus.

The most common symptoms are lack of fetal movement and no detection of ~s.

What you can do: Keep track of your baby's movements in the latter part of your pregnancy by doing kick counts.

My doctors have been monitoring the baby very closely, along with the ~s to be sure the meds I'm on isn't hurting baby in any way. So far, everything looks fantastic. MY OB came in today and said "You will not lose this baby because of this surgery".

Contact your doctor if you have any concerns regarding the health of your developing baby or your pregnancy. Your doctor may perform an ultrasound exam to check for ~s and other signs that may signal a problem with your pregnancy.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Pregnancy, Pregnant, Ultrasound, Gestation, Uterus?

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