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SO, I've never been overdue before and never really had a reason to research this, so can you all tell me about BPP? My mw wants me to have one when I hit the 41week mark on Tuesday. I'm not sure how I feel about it, or whether I should ask to delay it until later on...
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It's basically just a quick ultrasound to give an idea of babe's general status. I've had several because they thought baby was growth restricted--I forget all of the things they look for, but it's stuff like amniotic fluid levels, baby's body movements or "tone" (ie, limbs flexing/extending or flacid,) breathing movements (ie, practice breathing.)

It was a really quick US for us and I believe VERY standard practice after 41 weeks.
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I just recently read about this in a good book, it list these 5 things as included in a BPP:

Heart rate activity
Respiration
Body movement
Muscle tone
And
Amniotic fluid volume

And sometimes the placenta



Some of the debate seems to be wether it is better to make decisions based on just one part or another or on the whole compelled score. And that some folks disagree of how movement or fluid there should be.

Hope that helps a bit.
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