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Monitoring Your Baby

Your caregiver and pregnancy will determine how often you get an ultrasound
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Sunday October 20, 2019
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While most moms and babies will not suffer complications during the last month of pregnancy, some might need a little closer monitoring for potential problems if they are considered higher risk than your average pregnancy for whatever reason. With baby developing quickly and losing valuable space, it can be of the utmost importance that you keep tabs on her progress and the conditions inside your body.

Your caregiver might consider the use of more frequent ultrasounds to track growth and development as well as movement and amniotic fluid volume. Your doctor might also consider doing a non-stress test, or biophysical profile depending on your particular symptoms or information gathered from other tests. A non-stress test will monitor the baby's heart rate to ensure there is a healthy level of variability of acceleration and deceleration of the baby's heartbeat. If the test indicates little or no variability, it could suggest that the baby is suffering from some abnormal stress and further investigations should be done. A biophysical profile is a scoring method of assessing fetal well-being by considering various factors from breathing movements and muscular tone to amniotic fluid volume and movement.

Your caregiver should be able to use these test results to determine how the baby is managing inside the womb and if any potential complications could be happening or about to occur. While not an exact science, many of these monitor options can help you feel better about how the baby is doing in the womb.

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Once you are used to keeping tabs on your baby inside the womb, you may find an urge to do so once he/she is born. The following reviews may pique your interest for use when your baby is sleeping:

Reference Sources

  1. American Pregnancy Association - Week 34
  1. WebMD - Your Pregnancy Week by Week - 31-34
  1. Expecting 411

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