Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Kingston, Massachusetts
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I've been dealing with this weekly due to having EXTREMELY high blood pressure.
This is what has happened at each of my visits:
Arrive to maternity unit
Get comfy and get attached to the fetal monitor [two belts: one for fetal heart rate detection and one for uterine contraction detection
Get attached to blood pressure cuff for 15 minute intervals
One blood pressure gets done to establish a "baseline" from having been upright and moving about.
Oral temperature gets taken
Normal ob/gyn type questions: are you leaking any fluid or blood from your vagina? are you having any contractions other than BH? any visual disturbances, swelling, increase in swelling?
Lay in a reclining position or on side for 20-30 minutes while the monitor records the data for fetal heart rate, contractions, two more blood pressure
May have a small push button device in your hand to push each time you feel the baby move while on monitor. [the button push imprints a small arrow mark on the monitor strip that is printing out] This is to allow the person interpreting the strip to assess the baby's heart rate response in relation to its own movement and to uterine activity. Variability is what is being looked for, not a heart rate that stays at the same beats per minute all the time.
If blood pressure readings stay high after laying down and relaxing on side, urine and blood samples may be taken to rule out preE
Hope this helps!
Lisa, momma to DD '10 , DD '07, DS '82 and partner to DH