Are Nst (non stress tests?) And what are Bpp?? Thanks
Yep, NST are nonstress tests. They are even more reassuring when combined with an amniotic fluid level check (AFI= amniotic fluid index), my MFM calls them "modified bpp's" because they only do the NST and a fluid check-but that's more than just an NST.
BPP's are biophysical profiles. They do an NST plus then watch the baby on ultrasound for a half hour. They want to see 30 seconds of practice breathing (which you typically may not see until 28+ wks), at least two big movements, muscle tone, and good fluid levels. Each thing is worth 0 or 2 points, so if they practice breathing but only for 15 seconds in a half hour, they still get 0, above an 8 is passing, below that is failing. So at my MFM clinic there is 10 possible points (NST, movement, breathing, muscle tone, fluid levels), I think some clinics don't include the NST as part of the 10 so in that case only 8 would be possible. They typically only do BPP's at our clinic if the baby doesn't have a reactive NST or there is some other concern like decelerations during an NST. I had a lot of BPP's with Luke because he liked keeping the NST's interesting, this new baby has passed all the NST's with flying colors so we haven't had to do any BPP's this time-though they do check my fluid levels every NST (2x weekly.)
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#1-Olivia Caetlyn-9-28-09-9-28-09, 23+2 wks, emergency classic c-section, class I HELLP, IUGR
#2- Lucas Oliver (rainbow baby)- April 2011, 36+2 wks, HELLP and pre-e free! (lovenox and LDA pregnancy)
#3-Matthew, late October 2012...mostly normal, 37 wks, (lovenox and LDA again)
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