The accumulation of hydrogen ions in fetal blood when fetal oxygenation is acutely decreased suggests metabolic instability. However, in 6 chronically prepared fetal sheep whose arterial O2 content and pO2 were abruptly reduced and maintained at about 1.7 mM and 12.6 Torr, respectively, we observed a significant decrease in fetal arterial lactate concentrations and an increase in pH to normal values after 24 h of continuous hypoxia compared with values observed after 5 h. This demonstrates that fetal pH measurements may not detect prolonged intrauterine hypoxia.
- Blood flow
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental Biology