Saturday, August 1, 2009
A few weeks ago, my doctor ordered weekly non-stress tests until delivery. I tend to lean toward the cautious side (and prefer when doctors do too), so I was relieved that they would be monitoring Henry so closely. Yesterday was our first one, and when I arrived the nurse explained that the test doesn't actually have anything to do with stress and suggested that it should be called the "baby wellness test" instead (but I have to say that it was so relaxing for ME -- I almost fell asleep in the recliner -- that I think the name suits it just fine from a mommy standpoint). Basically, the nst monitors the baby's heart rate for a half hour. They look for two "accelerations" in 20 minutes. If he's sleeping, we jiggle him a little and see if he reacts and whether his heart rate accelerates for 15 seconds or more. Henry passed with flying colors! In fact, the nurse even called him a "poster child" for how the results should look. What a good boy.