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post #1 of 21
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Hi all... I don't post much but here I am.  I'm surprised to find out that our midwife, with whom we have planned our home birth, routinely recommends a NST at 41 weeks.  The imaging clinic we're trying to get into can't see me until next week.  So she wants us to try elsewhere and get it scheduled ASAP.  I don't understand why she feels this is necessary if everything is fine and there are no concerns with the baby as far as we know.  What would you do?

 

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post #2 of 21
I did an NST at 41 weeks with my son, even though *I* was not concerned. From my understanding, I think they are commonly administered once a week each week over 40. I didn't find it that invasive, but also not terribly necessary. The ultrasound I had that showed a heavy amount of calcifications was more telling, but also not because baby was still moving and thriving. I would say just go with your gut- and hang in there mama! 41 weeks is hard no matter how bravely you'll grin and bear it.
post #3 of 21

I don't have experience with being post-dates but my HB midwives also want an NST after 41 weeks. They won't induce or anything unless there is a serious medical problem indicated but they request one just to check in and make sure everything is ok.

My midwives are state-licensed so it might be why they recommend it. If your midwives are state-licensed they might be required to administer one at 41 weeks to follow state guidelines. If you aren't comfortable with it I would certainly talk more with them about why they want one so quickly.

post #4 of 21

My BH midwife does an NST then too, but she has the monitor in her office, so not such a big deal. Mostly a CYA kind of thing I think.

 

I had one with my first and it ended up being great. He was asleep so I was given "medically necessary" cold chocolate pudding to wake him up. He got so active they cut the test off early because the sound was disturbing people down the hall.

 

I would certainly talk to her about the whys.

post #5 of 21
Perhaps she could compromise and just use the doppler at your home. Checking movement and heart rate variability are the main components of nst anyway.
I'm sorry she is being a little hasty, I'm sure it doesn't help you feel any better, especially at 41 weeks, when you might not feel tops anyway.
post #6 of 21

I would do it, but I'm not totally anti-intervention.  I had about a billion NSTs with my first because of her cord condition and honestly find them reassuring.  Good luck deciding what to do!

post #7 of 21

Our midwives also recommend a NST at 41 weeks.  We'll be 41 weeks (officially) next Monday and they'll ask for a NST on Wednesday and a u/s on Friday if he hasn't come yet.  They do the NST in their office, though, so not such a big deal.

post #8 of 21

Going in for our 2nd NST today, 2nd u/s tomorrow.

 

I seriously would have never thought I would still be pregnant at this point!  42w3d according to u/s, but we bumped our due date back based on past experience and won't be "officially" 42 weeks until Monday. The first NST & u/s was due to GI issues that landed me in the ER.

 

Anyone else at this point?  My older kids go to camp on Friday and it's pretty distressing!  I thought we'd have a 1-2 week old baby by that point!

post #9 of 21
Tired, you're amazing. I'd be 42+3 if still pregnant and that just seems totally insane to me; my Caroline is two weeks old! I think I'd have mentally and physically deteriorated, so I really admire you and your positive attitude. My cousin had all three of her babies at exactly 43 weeks and that seems pretty amazing to me. Just wanted to say I'm cheering for you and hoping you'll see your baby very, very soon!
post #10 of 21

Hang in there for sure!  I have a repeat c-section scheduled for when I'd be 41+5 and honestly I've said ever since I heard about the date that if I make that, I suspect I'll be just fine with having the c-section - just get her out! :p

post #11 of 21
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Tired, you're amazing. I'd be 42+3 if still pregnant and that just seems totally insane to me; my Caroline is two weeks old! I think I'd have mentally and physically deteriorated, so I really admire you and your positive attitude. My cousin had all three of her babies at exactly 43 weeks and that seems pretty amazing to me. Just wanted to say I'm cheering for you and hoping you'll see your baby very, very soon!

 

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Hang in there for sure!  I have a repeat c-section scheduled for when I'd be 41+5 and honestly I've said ever since I heard about the date that if I make that, I suspect I'll be just fine with having the c-section - just get her out! :p

 

Thanks for the support!  Yesterday my midwife placed a foley catheter and it fell out last night so I should be 4 cm dilated at this point.  We did the miles circuit last night and this morning and *hopefully* he's in a bit better place (still not all the way down and definitely posterior).  He got 8/8 on his biophysical profile u/s so the doctor said there is basically a 1/1000 chance of him having a problem in the next few days--- he looks perfect.  We can't have midwife care after next Monday, so if nothing happens by then we'll go with the lemon verbena and breaking my water assuming I am at least 4-5 cm, but I'm hoping we don't have to go to that.

 

We did get some 3D u/s pictures today which my DD seemed esp excited about.  DP's parents are visiting for a few days (then taking the  kids to camp) and they had never been to an u/s before so they were REALLY excited which was nice.

post #12 of 21

Whew, you guys rock! Hope things pick up soon. dust.gif

post #13 of 21
I am losing my cool at 40+ 2, i can't imagine 41+4!
You are amazing. I'm really hoping you get to birth with the attendant you want.
post #14 of 21

Glad he is doing well. I went to 41-1 with DD and it was hard. It was hard having people bug me all the time about when she was going to come, too.

post #15 of 21

He's here!

 

43 weeks according to u/s, 41w6d according to our best guess and perfect.  He was 9lb12oz, 21" and an intense birth.  He's *perfect*!

post #16 of 21
Omg congrats on your big healthy boy, Tired! I bet the screen name fits even better now wink1.gif. I'm very relieved for you!
post #17 of 21
Awesome job, Tiredx2! I assume that breaking your water did the trick!!!
post #18 of 21
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Awesome job, Tiredx2! I assume that breaking your water did the trick!!!

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It seemed to.  We ended up doing the lemon verbena cocktail as well, which seemed to really kick it into gear.  The timing was *amazing* because we labored all day while the kids were still at camp--- they got home at 7pm, I started pushing, and he was born at 7:34pm!  My DD cut the cord and both siblings were there right away :)

 

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Omg congrats on your big healthy boy, Tired! I bet the screen name fits even better now wink1.gif. I'm very relieved for you!

Thanks!  I picked the screen name when I had two littles, neither of whom slept through the night, lol.  In some ways I can't believe we're returning to those days.

post #19 of 21

Congrats Tired!  How sweet that your kids got to be there for the birth! smile.gif
 

post #20 of 21
Yay, congrats, Tired! How cool that DD got to cut the cord!
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