Non-stress tests

February 8, 2010 in Multiples,Pregnancy | Comments (2)

So, last Tuesday I went with Amy to a non-stress test. She has one every week. Her Mom had gone to the previous ones. Amy told me how easy they were. Ooops.

For the non-stress test, Amy is seated in a recliner and has fetal heart monitors placed on her stomach. Next, the ToCo is placed above her uterus. The ToCo monitors uterine contractions. In Amy’s case, it also causes contractions. Ideally, the babies’ heart rates will rise and fall a couple times within half an hour. Twin A decided not to cooperate.

Next, we received an unscheduled ultrasound.  There is a checklist for each fetus.  Again, Twin A passed everything but the breathing behavior.  Apparently, all feti perform practice breathing in utero.  To pass the test, he would have to perform this behavior for 30 seconds straight in 30 minutes.  Fifteen seconds was not good enough.  Consequently, we were admitted to the hospital.

Even though both boys performed admirably on the monitors in labor and delivery triage, we had to stay overnight.  That was more stressful than anything.  It was a busy day for the L&D ward and we had to remain in triage with a couple in the next curtain area who kept their TV on at a loud volume all night.  Luckily, now we know that there are millions of unclaimed dollars on the internet that could be ours if we follow the “Free Money” system that is advertised on Fox in the wee hours.

Anyway, we had to retake the ultrasound Wednesday morning.  Twin A refused to practice breathe for 30 straight seconds again, but the 24 hours of heart rate data from triage was good enough to get us out of there.

It was a good dry run for what we will need when Amy really goes in to labor.  We both packed bags with enough clothes for 2 – 3 days.  We have another non-stress test tomorrow.  We’re bringing the bags.

Thanks for reading!  More to come!


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  1. Comment by Kelli — February 12, 2010 at 10:50 am  

    So when is her due date? Doesnt sound too far away now.

  2. Comment by Kelli — February 12, 2010 at 10:51 am  

    What an annoyance! Im sure everything will be fine. The doctor is just being over-cautious Im sure.