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A contraction stress test measures the fetal heart rate after the uterus is stimulated to contract. This is done to make sure that during labor the fetus can handle contractions and get the oxygen needed from the placenta.
This test may be recommended when a nonstress test or biophysical profile (BPP, an ultrasound done with a nonstress test) indicates a problem. It can determine whether the baby’s heart rate remains stable during contractions.
Your doctor may schedule a contraction stress test if concerned about how your baby will respond to contractions or to determine the fetal heart rate response to stimulation. However, the test can induce labor.
In this test, the uterus is stimulated with pitocin, a synthetic form of oxytocin (a hormone secreted during childbirth). This is done with injections of pitocin or by squeezing the mother’s nipples (causing oxytocin to be secreted). The pitocin brings on mild contractions, letting doctors see the effect of contractions while monitoring the baby’s heart rate.
A contraction stress test can be done at 34 weeks or later.
Results of a contraction stress test are ready immediately.
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This test checks to see if the baby responds normally to stimulation and is getting enough oxygen. It’s done to check on the health of the fetus in a high-risk pregnancy or when the due date has passed.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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