Antepartum evaluation of the fetus and fetal well being

Erica O'Neill*, John Thorp

*Corresponding author for this work

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Despite widespread use of many methods of antenatal testing, limited evidence exists to demonstrate effectiveness at improving perinatal outcomes. An exception is the use of Doppler ultrasound in monitoring high-risk pregnancies thought to be at risk of placental insufficiency. Otherwise, obstetricians should proceed with caution and approach the initiation of a testing protocol by obtaining an informed consent. When confronted with an abnormal test, clinicians should evaluate with a second antenatal test and consider administering betamethasone, performing amniocentesis to assess lung maturity, and/or repeating testing to minimize the chance of iatrogenic prematurity in case of a healthy fetus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)722-730
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Doppler ultrasound
  • antenatal testing
  • fetal lung maturity
  • fetal movement counting
  • fetal well-being
  • nonstress test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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