What does a high Apgar score mean for my newborn baby?

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The Apgar score is a scoring system used to assess newborn babies after delivery. It includes five different parameters to assess overall health: A) activity, P) pulse, G) grimace, A) appearance and R) respirations. The initial test is done at 1 minute after birth and the second is done at 5 minutes after birth. A high initial score means that birth was tolerated well, and a high second score implies that the infant is tolerating life outside of the womb well.
Dianne Parker
Dianne Parker on behalf of MDLIVE
Pediatrics
Apgar scores are measured at one and five minutes after birth. Scoring is based on heart rate, respiratory effort, color, reflexes, and muscle tone. High scores indicate a healthy baby adjusting to extrauterine life.