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May 12th, 2009, 01:36 PM
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I had a consult today just to go over my history again and explain the plan for this pregnancy. She said they consider me high risk and that nothing will be that different the next few weeks. But she said 20 weeks and beyond, maybe a little earlier than that, I will have an ultrasound every 2-4 weeks. She also said I will at some point be given weekly NSTs (non-stress tests). Now, I know I've read what they were before but I forget. And I know most women do get them, but later in pregnancy. What exactly is that? It's something that has to do with the baby's heartbeat being monitored right?
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May 12th, 2009, 02:07 PM
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Yes, that's part of it. What they do is they put a heart rate monitor for the baby on you, and a contraction monitor as well, and then give you a little button to mark the the movements they feel.

What they are looking for is how the heart rate is affected by both contractions and movements. A static heart rate is bad. They like accelerations and decelerations, as long as they aren't long-lived or hard for the heart to come out of (or extreme).
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May 12th, 2009, 02:41 PM
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I also heard if they're not moving, they have little buzzers and stuff that they put near your tummy to wake the baby up.

I'm going to make sure I request NST's during my next pregnancy. I never had any with either baby before this. Of course, we know how my second pregnancy turned out so this time I want to do things differently.
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May 12th, 2009, 02:54 PM
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Oh okay. I have been getting more worried I noticed this last week. It's kinda weird, but I think since I saw the baby on ultrasound, kicking and stuff, and heard that heartbeat I'm getting scared. Scared that I have 27 or 28 more weeks (depending on if we induce at 39 weeks or 40 weeks, but I don't want to go any longer than that) to hope everything is fine and worry and wonder and wait.

It's starting to eat at me now. I wish you could get an ultrasound every week and stuff. Even today I was feeling a tiny bit better as far as morning sickness and I got scared like...well that happened with Roald, I got less sick and it was cause he was dead. And then I got scared that even though a few days ago we had an u/s what does that mean today?

I don't know, I guess I'm being paranoid and worried.

I wish It was fall already. I hate summertime and I just know it's going to feel so long because I'll only be in my second trimester and I just hate that time of year.
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May 12th, 2009, 04:08 PM
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Honey, have you looked into renting a doppler? I bet that would help you immensely. I understand the feeling though. Pregnancy after a stillbirth is so hard!




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I also heard if they're not moving, they have little buzzers and stuff that they put near your tummy to wake the baby up.
They always just gave me something really sugary. I had them twice a week and he seemed to ALWAYS fall asleep right as he was supposed to be moving. I never got buzzed.
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May 13th, 2009, 05:50 AM
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When I had my NST I also had an ultrasound as part of the test, not one were they measure or look at different parts of the baby, but one were they look at the 'breathing' and look for movements for muscle tone. When you do have them I suggest bringing a snack in case the baby decides it's time to sleep. They always gave me ice water to get the baby moving. At one place I had the button you push when you feel a movement and then were I am now the straps they put on me just picked it up which was cool because I didnt feel some of the movement that the device did.
If you get a doppler get the doctor to show you how to use it, I have never used one but a friend said she had problems with hers until she got someone to show her the right way to use it.
Big to you, it is so hard! I had weekly NST and bi-weekly u/s and I would have a count down right after each one waiting for the next one to see my baby, even when I knew the baby was fine because I would monitor the kicks, but it is so hard to make your brain think things will be fine this time.
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When I had my NST I also had an ultrasound as part of the test, not one were they measure or look at different parts of the baby, but one were they look at the 'breathing' and look for movements for muscle tone.
That's a biophysical profile ultrasound. They're actually separate tests, though they are often done in conjunction with one another. With Patrick I had my regular weekly OB appointment, an NST, and a BPP on Tuesday, and just an NST on Friday. I was always terrified as I was getting on the table for the ultrasound, even if I'd had a great NST 5 minutes before. But once he popped up on the screen and was obviously doing great, I just had fun watching.
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May 13th, 2009, 10:38 AM
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That's right Brittanie, thanks for clearing that up! In Montreal they were separate (i got bi-weekly ultrasounds with measurements and no other types of u/s) but here they automatically do them together.
Brittanie--why 2 a week?
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Brittanie--why 2 a week?
Because my doctor didn't want me to worry. =
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May 13th, 2009, 10:54 AM
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Ahhhhh awesome doctor
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May 13th, 2009, 11:41 AM
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Ahhhhh awesome doctor

Very very true. I'm glad I found her.
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May 13th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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DH and I actually bought a Doppler (it was almost the same price as renting) so we could hear Ethan's heartbeat at home. It was a good investment because I had extremely severe morning sickness, and hearing his heartbeat made me feel like it was worth it. It helped me cope.
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May 13th, 2009, 02:14 PM
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I originally decided against getting a home doppler, but after my bleeding scare this morning I AM going to get one as soon as Bill will buy it for me.

The doctor was able to get it very easily (every night in bed I lie back just for a couple minutes so that I can press and feel my uterus). So since I am good at finding my uterus, I feel with some practice I will be able to get the doppler going good. I just read before that some women had a hard time finding the heartbeat and it made them more scared. But if I'm bleeding and I can find a good heartbeat with a doppler here it will make me feel so much better, kwim?

I was disappointed that I didn't get an ultrasound today. Actually, not because I wnated more print-outs, but because I was just so scared I wanted to SEE him or her moving around. But oh well. When I go for my exam on Tuesday they'll prolly schedule me for another ultrasound sometime relatively soon. I'm going to request another ultrasound between now and 20 weeks so that I won't go crazy, that I can see the baby growing and stuff.
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May 13th, 2009, 06:23 PM
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Starting at 32 weeks I will be having NST twice a week...my plan sounds a lot like Brittanie's.
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May 13th, 2009, 09:02 PM
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I didn't find Ethan's heartbeat the first time I used it (just mine). It didn't upset me at all, because I'm a big girl with a lot of belly fat. I found him the next day. Be warned - babies don't like the Doppler, and they will wiggle out of the way after a few seconds. I had to chase Ethan around my uterus sometimes, and so did my doctor!
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