Do you know what causes the fetal heart rate to drop? It is the rise in blood glucose levels the body uses to convert a small amount of food into glucose. When the body is not able to convert the food into glucose, it starts to produce gluconeogenic enzymes, which lead to a drop in fetal heart rate.
Because of this, it is important to know what is causing this drop in fetal heart rate.
The number one cause of low fetal heart rate is an increase in blood glucose levels from stress (stress is actually a decrease in glucose levels). It also can be caused by high blood pressure (this is a common cause of low fetal heart rate), thyroid disorders, and high blood pressure in pregnancy.
For those of you who are wondering, blood glucose is a sugar that the liver makes to help regulate blood sugar levels. It’s also made to help control blood pressure, and is part of the process that transports glucose from the bloodstream into your cells. In addition to this, the blood glucose may also be used by the brain and nervous system.
When the adrenal glands start producing more of their own hormones, this can cause low fetal heart rate. This is a common cause of low fetal heart rate.
This is an easy one that I don’t think I need to repeat. If your fetus is in the way of your blood flow, then the blood flow will be blocked, which will cause a low fetal heart rate. If you are having trouble conceiving, then this is the perfect reason to get your first prenatal check-up.
I know this one is easy, but I think it’s important to point out it is not a new problem. I have a friend who has had to undergo a number of unnecessary ultrasounds because of low fetal rate. He was told he would have to have an unnecessary hysterectomy and then he was told it wasn’t necessary because the fetus was in such a bad position that it would likely be safe. I’m not sure this is correct.
While I am not a doctor, I am a mom. Im not even sure if the fetus is in a poor position for surgery but given the fact the ultrasounds are often unnecessary, I would say its safe to say that most cases are. I am not saying its never necessary though. But I do think you should talk to your OB and find out if there is a more appropriate reason for the procedure than just the low fetal heart rate.
I’ll say this one last time. Having a low fetal heart rate is not the same as having a low blood pressure. The low fetal heart rate is just the heart rate of a fetus. But since it is the fetus, the reason for the low fetal heart rate could be due to a fetal infection or something. You can check with your OB if you want to know more.
Yeah, my OB had me take a blood pressure test, and there was a low fetal heart rate. But since there was no infection in my body, I think it was all just a low blood pressure.