Yesterday I went in for an NST. The hospital where I plan to deliver likes women over age 35 to get them from week 36, but after discussing with my OB, I waited until 38. Everything has been perfectly healthy this pregnancy and I was shocked when they came in after my first 20 minute strip and told me that I needed to get to L & D for extended monitoring. Apparently, there was a late decel after a minor contraction (seemed to me to be a braxton hicks at the time which I get several times a day) going from a baseline of 140s to 117. It did not happen for the next hour, so they sent me home to come bakc for NSTs twice a week, but I don't think I had any braxton hicks so I am worried that the same conditions that caused the late decel weren't repeated.
At first I was mad at what I was feeling were highly interventionist decisions, but now that I have read about late decels, I am scared and wondering if my regular braxton hicks are going to hurt the baby. Does any one know if there are ANY other explanations for late decels other than placental malfunction? This is my third baby and I have always done things really naturally in a hospital and things always went perfectly so this is all scary to me and I guess I should trust the doctors but would love to hear if any one else has experience with this or any insight.