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What is a non-stress test??

I'm scheduled for my 1st one tomorrow, & wondering what exactly it is? Has anyone else had one, & do you only get them after you've passed your due date? I'm a week overdue so far...

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mandi0986

Asked by mandi0986 at 11:28 PM on Sep. 16, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • i had them from week 32 on, but i had gestational diabetes, nst (non stress test) is when you get a belt strapped around ur belly and a little cycle thing snaps on it and it records the babies heartbeat, if you ever went to the hospital during your pregnancy that is what they strapped around your belly
    anarosenewman

    Answer by anarosenewman at 11:37 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • and it measures contractions as well
    anarosenewman

    Answer by anarosenewman at 11:38 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • i got them for my blood pressure being high and the fact that i had a few m/c's before i had my daughter. you will be hooked up to a contraction monitor and a fetal heart rate monitor. you'll have a little button to push and you push it whenever you feel baby move. it will determine if movement puts the baby in stress, it was also sense any contractions and determine if the contractions put the baby in stress. they last 30 mins to an hour (depends on how much baby is kicking at the time, w/me they wanted at least 10 movements before completing the test). if baby isn't moving at all, they'll buzz him awake (its a little wand that vibrates and makes a loud noise, they just put it on your belly to wake up baby and get him moving, doesn't hurt actually tickles a bit) the point is to determine if you should be induced or if they can continue to wait til you go into labor naturally. hope that helps a bit.
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 11:39 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • They're not painful to you, don't worry. It's nothing like the cardiac stress tests. I went for them twice a week for months. It's cool to hear the heartbeat. Everyone else covered what happens, I just wanted to reassure you that it doesn't hurt. Oh, they can see if you're contracting too.
    MonicaE521

    Answer by MonicaE521 at 11:52 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • Thank you for your answers ladies! You gave me the info I wanted & also put my mind at ease!!
    mandi0986

    Answer by mandi0986 at 12:00 AM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • Oh man I used to LOVE mine. I had to go in twice a week. I got to sit in a recliner with my feet up. THey'd hook up the heart and contraction monitors, and hand me the clicker to press when I felt a kick. I also got to have a shoulder massage thingy (those things you drape over your seat) while I did it. I usually only got to heart DS's heart beat. THe little goober wouldn't sit still so the nurses had to chase him with the monitor. HE actually kicked it off a couple of times. DD was no problem, although she gave DS a few kicks back LOL!
    katzmeow726

    Answer by katzmeow726 at 12:24 AM on Sep. 17, 2009

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