Biophysical profile

Our approach

Depending on the result of a biophysical profile (BPP), our expert team will individualize care options to match your condition and help you throughout every stage of your pregnancy.

Overview

A biophysical profile is a test that looks at fetal well-being, or the health of your baby during pregnancy. It is done once the pregnancy is far enough along for delivery to be considered, usually in the third trimester. Biophysical profiles are conducted by combining a nonstress test and an ultrasound that looks at various aspects of fetal behavior, such as breathing, body movements, muscle tone and amniotic fluid. The test has a maximum score of 10, and each category counts for two points, if present. Typically, a score of eight to 10 points is reassuring, while a score of six points is uncertain and four points or lower will require additional testing or delivery of the baby. 

Reasons for treatment

The reasons for performing a biophysical profile are complications during the pregnancy that put the baby at risk for oxygen deprivation or stillbirth, such as diabetes and hypertension, along with preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. Women without pregnancy complications who are past their due date are also tested with a biophysical profile. 

Schedule an appointment

A Northwell Health OB/GYN expert will let you know if you need to schedule a biophysical profile. 

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