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Non stress test question

post #1 of 9
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I had my first one today. It took over an hour because I didnt understand they had to get a recording of the heartbeat for at least 20 mins straight, with no interruptions. Wish they explained it better. :

The baby seemed fine and the midwife seemed happy enough with the results. My ?? is what exactly does that mean, no brain damage, etc? Should I relax for awhile? Or at least until next week when I have two more? I have high blood pressure - 130/90 - so that is why I question the results, I am so concerned for baby.
post #2 of 9
Here is a link too explain the NST

http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/pre...h/1272943.html
post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by 2cutiekitties View Post
I had my first one today. It took over an hour because I didnt understand they had to get a recording of the heartbeat for at least 20 mins straight, with no interruptions. Wish they explained it better. :

The baby seemed fine and the midwife seemed happy enough with the results. My ?? is what exactly does that mean, no brain damage, etc? Should I relax for awhile? Or at least until next week when I have two more? I have high blood pressure - 130/90 - so that is why I question the results, I am so concerned for baby.
Not your DDC, but veteran of giving and receiving more NSTs than you can shake a stick at..

What does it mean? Well, a negative NST (at least two accelerations in 20 minutes of 15 bpm x 15 sec, moderate variability, no decels) is good. It means there is very little chance of anoxia. But (and here's the tricky part) a positive NST (decels, loss of variability, etc.) also is almost certainly not a sign of anoxia. NSTs are of limited value when they're positive, but are standard of care. Sounds like you had a negative NST, which is very good!

With elevated BP, what you're concerned about is a) reduced blood flow to the baby and b) placental abruption. Both of those things produce bad (i.e., positive) NSTs. So relax and put your feet up.
post #4 of 9
No advice, it's been taken care of. Just wanted to offer some support as I've had more nst's than I care to remember (none so far though!)
post #5 of 9
Just letting off some steam here, but I loathe getting mine. I think they're inconclusive and lame. But I have a bad attitude.

The deal with mine is that they're looking for both babies to have almost identical results simultaneously. Hello? They're two different people- why would their hearts beat at the same rate (going up and doan at same time). I'm going to my tests right now, but they're in for a surprise if anyone tries to pull an induction on me. (o.k. going back to my hole to grumble privately)
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Originally Posted by Jude Rose View Post
Just letting off some steam here, but I loathe getting mine. I think they're inconclusive and lame. But I have a bad attitude.

The deal with mine is that they're looking for both babies to have almost identical results simultaneously. Hello? They're two different people- why would their hearts beat at the same rate (going up and doan at same time). I'm going to my tests right now, but they're in for a surprise if anyone tries to pull an induction on me. (o.k. going back to my hole to grumble privately)


I'm thinking it's a good thing that we don't have the same care provider. We'd probably push them into early retirement Maybe we should start a tribe of pg ladies with Bad Attitudes. (towards medical tests etc I mean!) Don't grumble privately, it's nice to know that somewhere out there, there is someone like me - exception being I've only got one in here!
post #7 of 9
Oh, Bluey. I'm definitely making a gray hair or two for my guy.
As a matter of fact, I just came from this site
rights of childbearing women and plan on printing out a copy before my NST tomorrow.

Grumpy pregnant women who's natural process of birthing is being over-medicalized UNITE!:
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks all! I just dont feel comforted by them. I guess I have a bad attitude as well.

First they dont tell me exactly what it does, I have the gist, but I want specifics. Then they dont tell me it absolutely has to read the heartbeat for 20 mins straight or else it is unacceptable. I am 32 weeks, the baby hates anyone touching him. They couldnt even get his heartbeat on the machine for 20 mins. Then I drank some tea to move him around and he flipped over! So I tried to move to get the heartbeat again and they acted like it was all my fault that he wasnt cooperating. Seriously, the venom coming from the midwife was insane. Then they finally let me go, but I wonder if it is because the baby did okay or because they were closing.

But I am going to take the positive outlook on anoxia (new word for me ) and remain calm until the hell begins next week. Thanks maxmama.

And that is totally ridiculous about your twins Jude. Geez, I cant believe they expect that!
post #9 of 9
Not in your DDC either! LOL!
But I had TONS with my first PG. And since I've been keeping my BP in check I've had none so far!
But I enjoyed them with #1. I got at least 20 minutes to lay down and listen to baby's heartbeat without having to worry about laundry, dinner, money....life!

What I wouldn't give to have a NST right now where DH has to watch our lil' one while I lay back and enjoy the soothing sounds again!

LOL!

Guess I look at things differently! ha!
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