Whew! I have so much to write about, so I think I’ll break it up into a couple of different posts. So coming later today: accupuncture nightmare, my first knitting project and hospital food surprise.
Yesterday, Baby Girl T had her first biophysical profile (BPP). This is a series of tests to measure her overall health. It typically includes a nonstress test (she’s been passing those twice a day since we arrived) and an ultrasound. During the ultrasound, they measure baby’s muscle tone, fluid level, breathing and movement. She gets two points for each area. Our girl got 8 out of 10. A solid B student.
She failed the breathing test, but that’s not a huge surprise. She did have a few breathing movements, but in order to pass the test, she needs to breathe consistently for 30 seconds. She doesn’t take actual breaths, but moves her diaphragm up and down to prepare for breathing once she’s outside. Babies don’t typically start practice breathing until 24 weeks, but they don’t consistently breathe until 30 weeks. And she was breathing during Friday’s ultrasound, so I’m not worried. Neither are the doctors. We’ll have a BPP done every week, so she has plenty of time ace it! Besides, she was sleeping for the first half of the test. It was fun to see her wake up and start squirming around.
She passed every other area, including the fluid measurement! That doesn’t mean she has adequate fluid, but rather at least one pocket that measures 2 cm vertically or more. We had one pocket with 2.1 cm and another pocket with 1 cm. The other two pockets had fluid, but they couldn’t measure them because one had the baby’s head in it. The other had part of the cord in it. They cannot measure any pockets with baby parts or cord.
I’m quite happy about how well she did and have no doubt that she’ll pass the breathing portion soon.