What Is the Apgar Score?

In the minute after your baby is born, the doctor will assess the baby's breathing, pulse/heart rate, movements, skin color, and responses using the Apgar score. Find out what Apgar number is considered normal.

At 1, 5, and 10 minutes, your baby's breathing, pulse, movements, skin color, and responses are assessed. In South Asian and black babies, the color of the mouth, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet are checked. Each is given a score between 0 and 2, called the Apgar score. A total of 7 or more at 1 minute is normal; under 7 means help is needed.

Apgar score210
Skin colorPink all overBody pink; extremities bluePale/blue all over
BreathingRegular strong cryIrregular, weak cryAbsent
Pulse/heart rateGreater than 100 bpmLess than 100 bpmAbsent
Movements/muscle toneActiveModerate activityLimp
Reflexes after given
certain stimuli
Crying or grimacing stronglyModerate reaction or grimaceNo response
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