What is the Non-Stress Test?

What is the Non-Stress Test?

What is the Non Stress Test?

If you have been told that you need a fetal non stress test, you might be feeling worried or nervous. Don’t worry, a fetal non stress test is painless, quick, and really no big deal! The fetal non stress test is a simple test that is performed in pregnancies that are past twenty eight weeks gestationClaim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

The test puts no stress on the fetus or the mom to be. The test is done to monitor the baby’s heart rate in different scenarios, while the baby is resting and then while the baby is moving around.

Who Needs A Non Stress Test?

There are many different reasons that a non stress test might be done. If you have gone past your due date, you will probably have one done. Also, if you have gestational diabetes or hypertension, your doctor might want to do one as well.

Some other reasons that a non stress test might need to be done include less fetal movement than usual, low amniotic fluid, or other factors that might indicate the need for the test. In a nutshell, if your pregnancy is considered “high risk” for any reason, a non stress test will probably be ordered for you and your baby.

What Happens During The Test?

Your doctor may or may not request that you eat just before the test, in hopes that this will stimulate your baby into waking up and moving around. During the test, you will either sit in a chair or lay on your left side on a table. You will be strapped with a stretchy belt monitor around your belly.

The belt will contain a monitor that tracks your baby’s heart rate, and one that tracks uterine contractions. Your contractions will be recorded on paper and the technician will monitor your baby’s heart rate.

Sometimes, you will have a buzzer like device that you will click each time you feel your baby move. If your baby is asleep, you might have to drink something, move around, or the technician might try to wake your baby up in hopes that they will have some movements to track.

What Will The Test Determine?

The test will want to see if your baby’s heart rate gets faster when he or she is moving. If the baby’s heart rate beats faster for at least 15 seconds when he or she is moving, two or more times, the results are considered “normal” or “reactive.”

If the baby doesn’t move during the test, or if the baby doesn’t have an increased heart rate when it is moving, the test will be considered “nonreactive.” Your doctor might ask for you to take the test again, or take another test. If the doctor thinks that your baby might be in danger in the womb, you might need to be induced.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).