Tests to monitor your baby's well-being
Your health care provider may do the following tests to check your baby's progress and growth.
- You lie down for about 30 minutes.
- Two small, round parts of a fetal monitor are placed on your abdomen.
- One records your baby's heart rate.
- The other detects any uterine activity, such as preterm contractions.
- If your test results are "reactive," that's good news -- your baby is responding in a healthy way.
- Biophysical profile uses both ultrasound and a fetal monitor to evaluate five areas: your baby's breathing motions, body movements, muscle tone, amniotic fluid amount and heart rate activity. The fetal monitor evaluates the heart rate activity.
- Two points are given for each measurement.
- A score of eight to 10 is reassuring.
- Lower scores may mean that your health care provider will want to further evaluate your baby's health.
- Because you have gestational diabetes, you may need this test done regularly until your baby's birth.
This test works a bit like underwater radar, creating a picture of your baby and placenta.
- Gel is applied to your abdomen as you rest.
- A technician moves a transducer (microphone) over your abdomen.
- A picture of your baby and placenta appears on a nearby monitor. Sometimes the ultrasound equipment can take a photo for you to take home.
- determine the age of your baby
- detect the presence of twins
- help determine your due date
- measure your baby's growth and development
- sometimes determine your baby's gender