Fetal well-being scans with Fetal Doppler

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A fetal well-being scan is done in 22 weeks to ensure the baby is developing and growing well. A fetal Doppler is a handheld ultrasound transducer that detects a baby’s heartbeat in the womb. It uses the Doppler effect to provide an audible stimulation of the heartbeat. Some Doppler display heart rate in beats per minute, also known as BPM. It is a form of Doppler ultrasonography. 

Why is Fetal Doppler Used?

The fetal Doppler is usually used when your pregnancy is at risk. However, the doctors might advise you on the Doppler test when –

  • You have diabetes
  • You are taking medicines for preterm labor
  • Your baby is not growing or developing normally.

The doctors at Best Women And Children Hospital in Kukatpally, will advise you to do fetal wellbeing scans because of the following –

  • To locate the position of the baby
  • To determine the presence of the baby
  • Assess the fetus’s growth by measuring the head, abdomen, femur bone, etc.
  • To establish a current estimated fetal weight
  • To measure and identify fetal heart rate
  • To check the Doppler flow in the umbilical cord to check the placental function
  • To determine the amniotic fluid index

What is Not Scanned in Fetal Wellbeing Scans?

The following are not determined in the fetal wellbeing scan –

  • This scan cannot exclude all chromosomal or anatomical abnormalities. Thus, visualization of all structures can be tricky due to fetal position and gestational age. 
  • It cannot determine the proper function of the baby’s organs
  • It cannot determine the baby’s length as the fetus is rolled into a tight little bundle.

Who Should Do a Fetal Wellbeing Scan?

Doctors at Gynecologist hospital, advise undergoing a fetal wellbeing scan with a fetal Doppler monitor for all expecting women. Also, these tests are especially advised to someone who already has had previous pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, diabetes, stillbirth, and growth restriction. It is also recommended for those experiencing certain complications in their current pregnancy. 

What Happens During the Fetal Wellbeing Scan?

When you arrive at the hospital, you will be asked to complete the form, pay for the test, etc. To enhance image clarity, you may be requested to drink water prior to the scan. You will be guided to the sonography room, where the sonographer will ask you to lie on the examination bed. 

A clear gel will be applied to your abdomen for smooth gliding of the doppler. During the scan, the sonographer measures the baby’s growth and other important aspects, such as checking for any deformities or abnormalities. Once the test is done, the test will be read by the radiologist. If abnormalities are detected, you will be referred to a specialist who will help you further. Counseling is done, where the parents are advised on specific measures and precautions. 

Why Choose Giggles Hospitals?

To ensure a quick and safe birth, fetal well-being scans are performed to identify fetuses in danger of in-utero death or asphyxia-mediated injury. Stillbirth rates are reduced by 60–70% when using the biophysical profile score. Visit Giggles Hospitals for more information and better care of your unborn baby. Giggles Hospitals are known for their world-class prenatal care and Best hospital for Normal delivery, providing a comprehensive range of services tailored to ensure the well-being of both expecting mothers and their unborn babies. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The BPP is a composite test that collects 5 indicators of fetal wellbeing, including fetal heart rate reactivity, breathing movements, gross body movements, muscular tone, etc.

A fetal well-being scan is done between 28-32 weeks of pregnancy to assess your baby's growth and the amount of fluid.

Fetal wellbeing assessment includes cardiotocography, doppler ultrasound, ultrasonography, etc.

Normal fetal heart rate is between 120 to 160 BPM. However, several international guidelines define ranges of 110 to 160 BPM.

Your maternity care provider uses a Doppler machine to refer you for an ultrasound scan. It assesses the baby's size and amniotic fluid.