PREGNANT women should not rely [...].foetal foe·tal
adj. Chiefly British
Variant of fetal.
Adj. 1. foetal - of or relating to a fetus; "fetal development"
fetal heart-rate monitors to ensure their baby is well.
Doctors are warning expectant EXPECTANT. Having relation to, or depending upon something; this word is frequently used in connexion with fee, as fee expectant. parents to only use the home monitors for "fun" and not as an alternative to medical advice.
The devices, which pick up the sound of the baby's heartbeat, can give "false reassurance", the British Medical Journal The British Medical Journal, or BMJ, is one of the most popular and widely-read peer-reviewed general medical journals in the world. It is published by the BMJ Publishing Group Ltd (owned by the British Medical Association), whose other reports.
They can also cause unnecessary anxiety in untrained hands, doctors warned.
Mervi Jokinen, from the Royal College of Midwives, said: "These devices may be sold as a bit of fun for parents to use, but let me be categorically clear - there is absolutely no substitute for speaking to your midwife or doctor as soon as possible if you think that there is something wrong during your pregnancy."