What is NST During Pregnancy

(February 4, 2011)

Giving birth to a child is one of the most amazing biological processes that the human race is capable of and despite the fact that the nine month process can be substantially uncomfortable, agitating and painful, almost every woman will say that it was worth all the trouble as soon as she held her baby in her arms for the first time. However, one should not ignore the fact that the nine months of the pregnancy can really take a lot out of a woman, given the fact that her hormonal levels as well as physical appearance are in constant change, it is easy to understand why a pregnant woman can be very moody as well as demanding. It is essential for the partner to understand and considerate right through this entire phase in order to provide the woman with the kind of support she needs.

Because a pregnancy is a very critical time for the baby in the mother’s womb, regular medical checkups will need to be carried out in order to ascertain its condition and make sure that no complications have arisen. A non stress test during pregnancy is one of the medical tests that is used to achieve this. The non stress test during a pregnancy is a rather painless affair and is used to monitor the baby’s heartbeat during moments of rest as well as movement some other common reasons for which your medical consul will recommend that you perform a non stress test during a pregnancy include: in the event that you are suffering from diabetes that has been treated with insulin or suffer from hypertension or wither too much or too little amniotic fluid. While there is no significant preparation required to perform a non stress test during pregnancy, you will be advised to eat a meal just before the test as it will stimulate your baby to move around more. Another factor that you might want to consider before the test is visiting the bathroom, given that you will be strapped up to a monitor for almost an hour after that. In the event that your baby is asleep during the NST during pregnancy test, drinking some water, juice or soda will usually help the child move a little. If this doesn’t work, the technician might gently prod the child through the abdomen to trigger a reaction.

Submitted by N on February 4, 2011 at 12:04

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