This is when a baby has a health issue, such as poor growth or heart problems prior to birth. Symptoms of fetal health problems during pregnancy include:
• The baby moves less than normal
• The baby is smaller than normal for gestational age
• Some problems have no symptoms, but are found with prenatal tests
If a test suggests a problem, this does not always mean the baby is in trouble. It may only mean the mother needs special care until the baby is delivered.
Treatment may include a wide variety of interventions, such as bed rest, depending on the mother's condition. Sometimes, the baby has to be delivered early.