Non-Stress Test

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rainymama's picture
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Non-Stress Test

Tell me what you know about having a non-stress test at 41 weeks. I have had the tests during my previous pg, but that was before 40 weeks, due to not feeling baby moving. (I had an anterior placenta - baby was ok).
At this point, 41 weeks on Monday, what are they looking for and what do I need to know? Part of me is nervous that it will open a door to an unnecessary induction (Obviously want to avoid this) and part of me is a bit nervous about baby's well-being.

Marite13's picture
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I don't know much about NSTs as I never had one, but my doula warned me when I was having to have lots of ultrasounds toward the end of my pregnany to check on baby's position, that the "raison du jour" for inductions is low fluid. I know big baby is still pretty popular too- but she said she had been hearing low fluid all over the place lately. So, sorry, this answer might be completely unrelated to NSTs, but... that's what I know about reasons to induce...

rainymama's picture
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I have heard that, too. I try to drink a lot of water but I will increase...that can only help. The NST won't check for fluid, but if it comes out "non-reactive" then I assume the next test would be a BPP, which would check for fluid. I wish I knew some parameters for that. I am in unchartered territory for myself.

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Though I haven't experienced your situation, from what I know, the NST is not really a big deal--it will probably be the same as what you had after not feeling movement. They basically just monitor the baby's movements and heart rate responses to those movements. It might be a good idea to drink some juice befoe you go in, since that might help the baby wake up and get active, which is what they want to see. If the baby is sleeping, they might have you eat a popsicle, they also might use a little thing that makes a noise on your belly to wake him up.

I don't totally understand the fluid level thing. Stacey/Spacers posted a pretty clear explanation of it a while ago. It is something that it would be a good idea to ask for a re-check on, because the level fluctuates, and the way they measure it is kind of weird.

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Ditto what Brittany said:-) Low fluid level is a concern because it can be a symptom of imminent placenta failure. But I would definitely ask for a retest if yours is low!