Also known as BPP, this is a non-invasive procedure
that evaluates baby's well being with the aid of a
nonstress test combined with an ultrasound. Again,
this test is conducted in the later part of pregnancy
to check on baby's well-being especially in situations
when the mother has preexisting medical problems,
in mothers who develop conditions in the course of
the pregnancy or pregnancies that go beyond 40 weeks.
The ultrasound is used to monitor body movements,
breathing, amniotic fluid levels and muscle tone of
needs the test..
• Women with preexisting health conditions
• Women who develop medical conditions that
make the pregnancy high risk.
• A nonreactive nonstress test result
• Baby who is less active than normal
• Too much or too little amniotic fluid
• Pregnancy that is overdue
• Loss of baby in the later part of a previous
• Baby who seems too small or is not growing
The Procedure itself..
• There is no specific timing for the test
as it largely depends on the reason for testing
and the reason varies.
• Basically the test indirectly checks through
the five components to see if the baby is receiving
sufficient oxygen. These components include nonstress,
muscle tone, body movements, levels of amniotic
fluid and breathing movements.
• A score of either 0 (abnormal) or 2(normal)
is assigned to each component
• These scores are then added up: a total
of 8 to 10 is considered normal, 6 is considered
average and anything below 6 is considered abnormal.
• Depending on the score, the pregnancy stage
and the severity of any medical complications, further
testing may be advised.
• If baby is under duress or in danger, the
mother may be induced or may undergo a C-section
• The test consists of nonstress combined with
a detailed ultrasound
• The whole test can last for upto an hour.
It is advisable go for refreshments before going in
for the test.