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What is a biophysical profile?

I'm scheduled for a biophysical profile soon. What should I expect during the test?

Re: I'm scheduled for a biophysical profile soon. What should I expect during the test?

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A biophysical profile is a painless, noninvasive test used to evaluate baby's well-being, and is usually performed when pregnancy extends past the expected due date and in the third trimester of high-risk pregnancies. The test consists of an ultrasound and a nonstress test, and uses five different measures to create an overall picture of baby's health.

Your doc will assess baby's body movement, muscle tone, breathing movements and amount of amniotic fluid during the ultrasound, and fetal heart rate during the nonstress test. Each component will be rated zero (abnormal) or two (normal), and then added together to determine an overall score of zero to ten. An eight or ten is normal, six is borderline, and anything below six is cause for concern.

After normal test results, your doc will likely recommend repeating the procedure once or twice a week until delivery to ensure baby's continued well-being. If the test shows reason to be concerned, your doctor may suggest a Doppler ultrasound study, a contraction stress test, or immediate labor induction or c-section.

Expert: American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists. Your pregnancy and birth. 4th ed. Washington, DC: ACOG; 2005.

What is a biophysical profile?

I would like to add that my pregnancy is not considered high risk and we have been scheduled for this test as part of our routine gestational visits.

AGSkelton |

What is a biophysical profile?

I've been having ultrasounds every 4 weeks since my 20 ultrasound showed I had a Single Artery umbilical cord. I start my non stress test next week! Our Dr said that sometimes babies with this problem have to be delivered as early as 36 weeks... Hoping for a smooth and uncomplicated delivery :)

tmhouston22 |

What is a biophysical profile?

tmhouston22: My sister is a LD nurse at Mayo and says for the most part the 2V cord is nothing to worry about...but they do monitor you a little more closely because there is always a chance for complications. I had nonstress tests with my first daughter because of a 2V cord, and they were pretty easy. They sit you down in a recliner and then strap a fetal heartrate monitor and a contraction monitor to your belly. They also hand you a little clicker button that you push everytime you feel the baby move. They will also offer you juice or 7-up if you want to get the baby a little more active. They monitor you for awhile (maybe 30 minutes or so) and then bring the results to your doctor to look at. I believe I had it once or twice a week for a month or so (lucky for me the clinic was 3 blocks away from work!) My DD decided to come at 38 weeks with no problems. I am pregnant with my 2nd and now have gestational diabetes, and the baby is measure big. So I just started BPP and NSTs. The BPP are just a quick ultrasound that can take literally 5-30 minutes depending on the baby. They check the position of the baby, for breathing, heartrate, small movements (arms and legs) and large movement (whole body), and the amount of fluid. My appointments thus far have taken less than 10 minutes, but they can take up to 30 minutes.

cchik004 |