Fetal Tests of Well Being

Biophysical Profile 

A fetal biophysical profile is a prenatal test used to check on a baby’s well-being. The test combines fetal heart rate monitoring (nonstress test) and fetal ultrasound. During a biophysical profile, a baby’s heart rate, breathing, movements, muscle tone and amniotic fluid level are evaluated and given a score.

The test is usually done after week 32 of pregnancy, but can be done when your pregnancy is far enough along for delivery to be considered. A low score on a biophysical profile might indicate that you and your baby need further monitoring or special care. In some cases, early or immediate delivery might be recommended.

A biophysical profile is a noninvasive test that doesn’t pose any physical risks to you or your baby. However, it’s not always clear that a biophysical profile can help promote a baby’s health. Ask our doctors what a biophysical profile involves and whether this prenatal test might benefit you or your baby.

 

Nonstress test

A nonstress test is a common prenatal test used to check on a baby’s health. During a nonstress test, also known as fetal heart rate monitoring, a baby’s heart rate is monitored to see how it responds to the baby’s movements.

Certain nonstress test results might indicate that you and your baby need further monitoring, testing or special care.

A nonstress test is a noninvasive test that doesn’t pose any physical risks to you or your baby. Ask our doctors what a nonstress test involves and whether this prenatal test might benefit you or your baby.

 

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