Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Weekly Non-Stress Tests
I went for my 1st non-stress test today. They put you in a room and hook up some monitoring equipment to your belly so they can listen to the baby’s heart rate and see his movements and see if your having any contractions. They also give you this little clicker thing to click every time you feel movement. He wasn’t moving at all when I first lay down but he shortly started hiccupping (they were big hiccups too, I could see my belly shake every time he hiccupped), so with every hiccup I faithfully clicked my little clicker. After a few minutes of very regular clicks the nurse (who can see his activity on the monitor she has up front came in and said I didn’t need to click it every time he hiccupped just when he kicked or wiggled or whatever. It took him about 15 -20 minutes to finally calm down and stop hiccupping so that I could tell if the movement I was feeling was movement or hiccup. On the whole I was in the office for about an hour and then I had to go get blood work, which hurt and I felt very sorry for myself (whimper). I will have to repeat this fun every week until I deliver!