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My midwife has ordered NSTs for me at my weekly appointments starting next week. She said it is because of the excessive amount of amniotic fluid I have -- it allows the baby more room to move around than she really wants and wants to make sure she doesn't get tangled up or anything. I know many of you ladies have had NSTs and I just wanted to know what I can expect or if there is anything you suggest I do before, during, after the test, etc.
Thanks for your help ladies -- I would be going crazy without you to share things with!
I had them weekly when i was pregnant with Athena and i pretty much got to lay in a recliner and they just put the moniters on ya and you lay there for like 20 min and your done. If they decide to check the fluid you will get u/s weekly as well.
Pretty much what the other ladies said. They'll put 2 monitors on you, one for the baby's heart rate and another to monitor if you contract. Some of the newer ones pick up movement, others you have to click to say when you feel movement.
What they're looking for is acceleration and deceleration in the heart rate. They want it to accelerate during movements, but drop again quickly. And then to decelerate at times of rest but come up quickly as well. If baby is sleepy or tired, they'll try to get baby to move. So I always tried to eat something sugary beforehand, and if you can get a cold drink just before/during as well, that helps.
They take about 20 minutes, so, if you feel like it, ask if you can bring an iPod. I actually liked having those. It was neat to monitor Joey's movements. I wasn't really worried. Let us know how it goes.