We use ultrasound to confirm your due date, check for obvious abnormalities, and check placental location. Ultrasound is also used to detect a number of possible birth defects such as Down Syndrome, a neural tube defect (Level II ultrasound is used for this) and others.
A 3D ultrasound scan is just what it sounds like – it’s a three-dimensional image of your baby. A 4D ultrasound scan shows a 3D image of your baby moving over time. The fourth dimension is time.
Non-Stress Test (NST)
An NST is a heart rate test performed on your baby. An NST usually last 20 – 45 minutes. During that time your baby’s movement and heart rate are monitored. As your baby moves, the heart rate should increase, just like ours does when we move around. An NST is not needed for all babies. It is used if you suspect your baby isn’t moving around as much as it used to, you’re overdue, or you’re at high risk for some other reason. An NST is non-invasive and safe for you and your baby.
A biophysical profile is a way to measure the health of your baby during pregnancy. It combines an ultrasound scan with fetal heart monitoring and a non-stress test. A biophysical profile measures your baby’s heart rate, muscle tone, movement, breathing, and how much amniotic fluid surrounds your baby. If a biophysical profile is indicated, it’s done in the third trimester.
In Office Labs
Many of the tests we do that you can read about in common tests during pregnancy involve lab tests. We process many of those labs in our offices so we can get results to you faster.