NST criteria

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Registered: 02-19-2007
NST criteria
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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 8:14am

So what exactly do they look for on NST.

I had 4 hr NST last week but I think since it was 4 hrs timed thats all they were concerned about. Nothing critical happened during that time.

I know friends have been there for hours for NSTs & I saw some woman leave after 30 mins...I know they are checking heart rates & contractions, but what do they look for to say OK you fine??

*mindy*
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In reply to: lashwish
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 11:31am

First, what is NST?

Becky - mom to dd 15 and ds 13
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Registered: 02-19-2007
In reply to: lashwish
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 12:57pm
Non stress test...
i looked it up online...so Im good, I think.
Basically they place monitors on babies & you. They follow heart rates of babies in comparison to their movement, it should be too high or low.
*mindy*
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Registered: 07-16-2008
In reply to: lashwish
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 4:16pm
They look for a certain pattern of activity and heart rates. If they get it in 30 minutes you can leave, sometimes it takes hours. :-/
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Registered: 12-19-2007
In reply to: lashwish
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 5:34pm

On mine they wanted a certain amount of increases in heart rates of the babies. I think for us it was something like 5-10 times for each within a 20 minute time period. During that time period they also asked that I press a button to signal that I felt movement. I always ate/drank something beforehand that I knew would wake them up to make sure they passed the test. My secret was Cadbury Cream Eggs (can you tell I was having my NSTs around Easter time?).

The one time they didn't have enough movement within a 30 minute time period they sent me over to the hospital for more monitoring, which meant another NST, which is when they (my boys)

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Registered: 05-16-2009
In reply to: lashwish
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 10:13pm
Like Elissa said,
Mine were sometimes too active to keep the toco disc on them- which made it take longer because they would all of a sudden lose one of their HB. Mine usually went quickly and the one day they were being difficult they gave me some cold sprite and it got them going!
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Registered: 02-19-2007
In reply to: lashwish
Tue, 06-28-2011 - 6:03pm
Well I was there an hr.
I didnt get what nurse said about pushing button when they moved...I thought she just meant if I lost the h/r on monitor to call them. DUH!
After 30 min she said you're not feeling them move? I said ya I am...ugh!
Anyway, they are always lazy in the am so I will eat an extra donut b4 I go in next time. I think the cold water helped too.
*mindy*