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A biophysical profile (BPP) measures the health of your baby during your pregnancy. The BPP checks your baby's heart rate, muscle tone, movement, and breathing. It also measures the amount of amniotic fluid around your baby. Looking at these five areas helps your doctor know how well your baby is doing.
A BPP is often done in the last trimester of pregnancy when there is any question about how the baby is doing. Some women with high-risk pregnancies may have a BPP test every week or twice a week during later pregnancy.
The BPP has two parts. First you have a non-stress test, and then you have a fetal ultrasound. For the tests, you will lie back on a padded exam table. If you become short of breath or light-headed while lying on your back, say so. The technician can help you change your position.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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