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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?

Not needed

wbarnes629 |

What is a biophysical profile?

I have to do this once a week. Last week at 29 weeks I started having contractions, so now I'm checked weekly, take Procardia, and have been taken off work :(

ebeveroth |

What is a biophysical profile?

I've had the BPP for the last few weeks..twice a week..right now I'm 37 weeks. It just measures the amniotic fluid, the movement of the baby, the breathing of the baby. Need to score 8-10 to have a good score...if it's less they will access what's to be your next move, as it may show you or the baby is having difficulties of some sort. I have pre-e and gestational diabetes.

72Amy |

What is a biophysical profile?

wbames - You have no idea whether or not it is needed for any individual pregnancy. Unless you are the asker's OB, then don't answer if that's your opinion.

meremom |

What is a biophysical profile?

I have had to get these weekly since the start of my 3rd trimester due to my high blood pressure. It is basically the same thing as an ultrasound. It's very exciting to see the progress of your baby and has felt to me like I have gotten to know his personality through seeing him weekly. The test measures for basic functions such as fluid around the baby, placement of the placenta, movement, tone, fetal heart rate and that your baby is making the movements that mimic breathing. Good luck and enjoy seeing your little one!

chrystathomas |

What is a biophysical profile?

I am having twins and have had to get a BPP done weekly since I was 28 weeks pregnant, along with 2 non stress tests a week-in addition to the weekly visits with my OB! I have more issues with the NST's then anything else. I show contractions every time I go in and the last one I had they ended up keeping me in the hospital for preterm labor concerns and put me on bedrest for the remainder of my pregnancy (I am 33 weeks)...hoping I make it to 36 weeks!

makaylahsmommy |

What is a biophysical profile?

I'm 35 weeks and have my 1st NST today. I have GB and the doc said I would have these NST weekly until the baby is born. If the doc feels its necissary I'm going to do it.

vbraun |

What is a biophysical profile?

I am considered high risk so I go twice a week to do a NST. I visited my doctor Wednesday and hes concerned about low amniotic fluid. I am scheduled to do a BPP. I go tomorrow and I can't wait. I enjoy seeing and hearing my little one every chance I get.

lilcupcake1010 |

What is a biophysical profile?

I do think it seems a little silly that the Bump puts this on your checklist as something you should schedule. Why concern a pregnant mother with something she doesn't need if her doctor hasn't asked her to schedule one?

mrtillotson |

What is a biophysical profile?

I recently just seen my doc for my weekly OB appt. and he noticed that my BP was higher than normal for me, and that I am partly dilated already at 36 weeks, so he scheduled me to have weekly NST's. Everything went well the first one, then the next day I went to the hospital because I had intense contractions, and now back home and okay, so we'll see what happens this week! I just want to meet my little man :)

hegerthm |

What is a biophysical profile?

I had my first one yesterday and we scored 8 out of 8. However because I am considered high-risk at age 39 and have 3 fibroids my Dr. will continue to do the test until delivery. It's not invasive at all and made me feel a lot better to see the baby's doing so well and nothing is interfering with the vaginal delivery.

Rek |

What is a biophysical profile?

This is ridic. The explanation says this is something that happens after the due date, yet it's on the bump's 37-week checklist. I am so over this checklist.

loflo1 |

What is a biophysical profile?

Had my first test yesterday and got admitted to the hospital for an over night stay. My aminotic fluids were low (4.7) and the Dr. was worried about a "cord accident". The less fliud the higher the chance that the baby may "pinch" the cord or wrap it around a amr or leg when moving around. I had an IV of fluids and too the test 24 hours later. Fluid leves up to 5.5 and got the OK to go home. I heard that this is a test for high-risk PG or an older mother. I am 40 and will be 37 weeks on Friday. Glad I took the test - even if I was freaked out a bit. Will have another test on Friday and if levels are low, may be induced. Drink at least 4 liters of water a day is what the Dr. told me to do to stay out of the hospital for a few more weeks!

welchsari |

What is a biophysical profile?

It happens for us in the High Risk Category. I*m high risk and I get this done every week. Its no big deal, you just get to see your little one a whole lot on the big screen!

jmpwells |

What is a biophysical profile?

Whether this is on the checklist at 37 weeks, depending on your actual pregnancy you could end up having one of these at any given time. Every pregnant woman will have at least one biophysical to check the fluids. I'm 27 years old pregnant with probably the only baby I will ever have and I suffer from Chronic hypertension. I have had the Biophysical's and NST's twice a week since I was 34 weeks pregnant due to the hypertension, so for you "first timers" don't worry about it, it's just to monitor the heartbeat of your baby and the ultrasound to check to make sure that everything is okay with baby. Don't freak out ladies!

hockeygirl264 |

What is a biophysical profile?

a biophysical is when your getting a ultrasound to check the weight of the baby, and they check for if the baby is sucking, and practicing for the outside world.. i believe they also give the baby points for what their evaluated for.

mizlatrice |

What is a biophysical profile?

My baby was diagnosed with IUGR. I was going once a week, then twice a week, and am now going 3 times a week. Since I am high risk I appreciate the extra attention they are paying to determine the baby's well-being. This test measures the amniotic fluid, watches for "practice" breathing, fetal movement, and beats per minute. Since they are only measuring 4 items we watch for a score of 8 which is normal. It is hard not to freak out when it is your little one but remember stress isn't doing you or the baby any good.

tifmijo1 |

What is a biophysical profile?

I am considered High Risk so I don't mind taking the test. I do a NST twice a week and a Bpp once every other week. My little man doesn't like the NST he moves the enire time. Today was the first day they were able to get 15 minutes of results. I like that my doctor is making sure my baby and I are safe.

scbbell |

What is a biophysical profile?

i came down with cholestasis in my 36th week and now I'm monitored twice a week. It's a good thing I'm not working anymore cause the whole process with the waiting takes about 3 hours every time. I don't mind too much cause I get to see the baby and get extra pics :) plus, they told me I was having contractions even tho i can't feel them. The high risk doc said they will probably induce me next weekend, at 38 weeks.

KLChops |

What is a biophysical profile?

So it sounds as though the only time you need this is if you bp spikes, you are dialating way before your due date or something traumatic happens before you 40 weeks? Im considered high risk due to gd, but my dr hasnt even mentioned this to me and I'm at 36 weeks.

sdgirly77 |

What is a biophysical profile?

Being doing it since 30 wks bcs of too much fluid and my age...I don't mind bcs now I have a lot of pictures even 4d pictures and I know she is fine...

klinete |

What is a biophysical profile?

i have this done once a week since i was thirty weeks. This is my first at 22 and my doctor was monitoring the growth every three weeks because the baby was always measuring two weeks smaller. But once it fell into the 15th percentile, he had me coming back once a week for the BP. We've finally jumped back up to the 20th percentile but i am still going back every weeks for this test. The test isn't all the bad, and it lets me watch my baby slowly grow over the weeks.

GabzM22 |

What is a biophysical profile?

38 weeks-Just got scheduled for my first NST which I have to have bi-weekly, as well as an ultrasound this weekend, though the US doesn't have to be repeated as far as I know. My pregnancy has been normal with good numbers for BP, FHR, Weight and everything else, including great fetal movement. I am NOT high risk and I'm only 26 years old. This is my first pregnancy. The only explanation my Midwife gave was that women with a BMI of 40 or higher need to have NST twice a week, as her colleague had recently heard at a seminar... Well, when I'm not preggo my BMI is no where near that number and I don't see how it can be at or over that number right now, quite honestly... Not sure who's chart she was reading at my last checkup... I do think sometimes these tests are scheduled unnecessarily, while for others that are high risk and such they are important. For me, I would say, NOT NEEDED!

AutumnPaige22 |

What is a biophysical profile?

I just started have weekly BP's at 28 weeks, I have GD's and Protieinuria. If you need to have one the dr will let you know. I just love the chance to see my little every week until she arrives.

cjmsbunny |

What is a biophysical profile?

Im 33, and have GD so im considered high risk. I have been seeing the doctor every week since i was 30 weeks. He alternates from NST to US every week. My little boy is measuring big. The US tech said my due date is Nov 14 instead of Dec 1. The doc isn't concerned with this. He hasn't changed my due date or even talked about inducing. I have controlled my GD by diet and Glyburine and have done great and all the US and NST are also excellent.

nikyah |

What is a biophysical profile?

I have GDM and am measuring small and had a biophysical profile done at 34 weeks, my doctor didn't call it a biophysical though so I didn't even know until I read this page. Definitely not a big deal, really not much different than any other ultrasound and NST.

Shari_Matt |

What is a biophysical profile?

Not everyone will have one of these, and age of mother doesn't seem to play a role. Practitioner probably plays more of a role. I am advanced maternal age and have had no issues this whole pregnancy (other than the mood swings and some of the stuff that just comes with the territory). I work with midwives. They check position, heart rate, movement, my BP, my weight and for any discomfort I am having. They ask if I have any questions. They have ordered all the normal tests (20-week sono, GBS screen, GTT, 2 checks of my hematocrit and one urinalysis). Being pregnant has been exactly what I had always envisioned for me: not a big deal. I owe lots of that to the midwives taking things in stride and just letting things come as they come. For anything out of the ordinary, I have used 2 rules of thumb: (1) drink more water because that resolves most issues before you even have to contact your provider and (2) relax and don't stress when things seem a little weird. I agree that it should not be part of The Bump standard checklist. If they want to have this on here, then they should add "Schedule your C-section date" or "Schedule your Pitocin drip" because not everyone will have either of those, but in the US, because of provider preference, our incidences of induction and C-section are high.

mkpjump |

What is a biophysical profile?

I'm 37 weeks and I have never had a non stress test. I honestly do not think my OB/GYN plans on scheduling me one either. Also, I wish people didn't abbreviate every damn term on these posts. I can't understand what half of this means. GDM, GD, GTT, GBS....??

AdoblerA |

What is a biophysical profile?

i get nst twice a week due to high risk pregnancy. I have gestational diabetes

imnat11 |

What is a biophysical profile?

I am currently 35 weeks pregnant. My doctors have put me in the hospital until my baby girl comes. I have BPP atleast twice a week, sometimes daily. My amniotic fluid is severly low, I dont have high blood pressure, plecenta problems, or blood flow difficulties, therefore the doctors have no idea what could be causing the fluid to continually drop so low. They are taking my baby girl at 37 weeks! Feels like forever in the hospital, can't wait to hold my baby girl!!!

kmbillings |

What is a biophysical profile?

im at 33 weeks and Im going for the first profile today and then weekly because i have GD.

ghores13 |

What is a biophysical profile?

i am a dialysis patient, 20 weeks pregnant have been feeling my baby biy moving since i was 14 weeks. I go to see my dr every two weeks. i love hearing my sons' heartbeat and seeing him move. I have my ultrasound tomorrow and I can wait. I put it all in gods' hands

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