Tests during pregnancy:Biophysical Profile (BPP)How is a BPP performed?
Biophysical Profile (BPP):
A biophysical profile is a simple, painless test used during pregnancy to check your baby's well-being. It is especially useful in seeing whether the baby is getting enough oxygen in the womb. Most docots will order a BPP if you have gone past your due date or if you are having a high-risk pregnancy. Uses:
- You have diabetes that's treated with insulin, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia or some other medical condition that could affect your pregnancy.
- You have gestational hypertension
- Your baby appears to be small or not growing correctly
- Your baby is less active than normal.
- You have too much or too little amniotic fluid. Your practitioner will order a nonstress test to make sure that your baby's doing well.
- You're past your due date and your healthcare practitioner wants to see how your baby is holding up during his extended stay in the womb.
- You've previously lost a baby in the second half of pregnancy (for an unknown reason or because of a problem that might happen again in this pregnancy).
You may also have a BPP instead of a contraction stress test if your doctor thinks it is safer for your situation. She may repeat it once or twice a week or more often, depending on your situation.
You should try to eat a meal just before the test. Eating can sometimes stimulate your baby to move around more. You will also want to use the restroom before the test since you will be strapped to the monitor for atleast an hour. The test will consist of a detailed ultrasound to observe the baby's movements, muscle tone and breathing movements. It also will check the amount of amniotic fluid surrounding the baby.
A non-stress test will also be performed for the BPP. This will check to make sure that your baby's heart rate changes when he is moving.
If your scores are normal, your doctor will probably not do further testing. However, if your baby's scores are low your doctor may order additional testing. If the amount of amniotic fluid is too low, you may need to deliver right away-especially if you are near your due date. Comments: Tests during pregnancy - Biophysical-Profile-(BPP)
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