Biophysical Profile (BPP)
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
The baby is in a position that makes doing an
Being unable to lie still throughout the
procedure, which can cause the picture of your baby to be
overweight, which may make it hard to correctly
position the external monitoring device. An infection in either you
or your baby.
hypoglycemia) or high ( hyperglycemia) blood sugar levels. Taking medicine, such as
sulfate. Steroids given to help the baby's
mature. Using alcohol or illegal
drugs, such as
cocaine. In rare cases, stool (feces) or air in the intestines or
rectum interfering with the fetal ultrasound.
What To Think About
A biophysical profile includes a nonstress test
fetal heart monitoring and a fetal ultrasound. More tests, such
contraction stress test, may be recommended if your results are not
normal. To learn more, see the topic
Contraction Stress Test. If there is a
chance that you or your baby may have problems during your pregnancy, you may
have a biophysical profile test every week or twice a week during the last 12
weeks of your pregnancy. Your chances of having problems may be higher if you
A biophysical profile may be done after an
injury, such as a car crash or fall. Your doctor may recommend more BPP
tests during the rest of your pregnancy.
Other Places To Get Help
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 18, 2012
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