You had a question about your baby and their breathing on ultrasound and you said that it took thirty minutes to see your baby breathe one time and you’re wondering what this means and if it’s concerning or not. There is a test called the biophysical profile that a trained healthcare professional can do. It takes many different things into consideration that can be signs of a baby’s wellbeing – there’s a nonstress test where they watch the pattern of the baby’s heart over a period of time, there’s the amount of fluid surrounding the baby, the baby’s muscle tone, their movement inside of you, and the fifth piece is fetal breathing. Fetal breathing is a sign of well being and so the healthcare professional has up to thirty minutes to see fetal breathing for a certain amount of time. And a baby does this inside of the mother not to get oxygen, like you and I do when we breathe, but to practice breathing motions so that when the baby’s born, those muscles are developed and ready so that they can breathe air. Now the fact that your baby didn’t breathe for more than just one breath during that thirty minutes doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s a problem. Ultimately, I suggest talking with your doctor about it and they can interpret the results of your test for you and give you tailored information and advice. You’re so close to having your baby, so congratulations ahead of time, and if you have more questions in the future for me, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at facebook.com/IntermountainMoms and recommend us to your friends and family too.

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