What is a fetal wellbeing test and why do I need one?

A Fetal Wellbeing, Biophysical Profile, or BPP Ultrasound 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 biophysical profile is often done if there is a concern about your baby’s health. For instance, it might be done if there is decreased fetal movement or a fetal growth problem, or your pregnancy goes past 42 weeks. But if your healthcare provider suggests a biophysical profile, it doesn’t mean anything is wrong with your baby.

Your provider may have other reasons to recommend a biophysical profile.

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