False Labor to Fundus

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False Labor

False labor, or Braxton-Hicks contractions, is the tightening of the uterus without dilation or effacement of the cervix.

 

Fetal Distress

Signs of fetal distress can be rapid change in the baby's activity or heartbeat. Meconium-stained amniotic fluid is considered fetal distress which indicates that the baby's life may be in danger, most often as a result of too little oxygen.

Fetal Heartbeat

The heartbeat of the baby before birth.

Fetal Movement

The movement of the baby before birth, such as moving arms and legs or turning around in the uterus.

Fetus

An unborn baby after 8 weeks of development is called a fetus.

Folate

Folate, also known as folic acid, is a B-complex vitamin shown to reduce the possibility of neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly.

Fontanelles

The soft spots on a baby's head where the skull has not fused together. At birth, a baby has a fontanelle on the top and back of the head. The back one closes quickly, but the top one can take up to 2 years before it's completely hardened and closed.

Forceps

Used occasionally during delivery - an obstetrical instrument that fits around the baby's head to guide it through the birth canal.

Fundus

The top or upper, rounded portion of a woman's uterus.