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Non-Stress Test (NST)

Overview:

  • A Non-Stress Test (NST) is a test for fetal wellbeing. It measures fetal heart rate and response to movement in the third trimester to ensure that the baby is doing well.

 

Pre Procedure:

  • You are advised to have snacks/water/juice as this helps in better baby movements.  

  • You must void urine / empty your bladder before the procedure.

 

During Procedure:

  • This is a non -invasive procedure that usually takes about 20 minutes and is absolutely painless. It is performed by the nurse.

  • You are required to lie down comfortably on the procedure bed.

  • The test is done by tying 2 belts (with sensors) around your belly which detects foetal heart rate and uterine contractions.

  • You will be asked to keep track of each movement you feel your baby makes.

  • You will be given a marker to mark the fetal movements. You will need to press the marker button each time you feel the baby move.

 

Post Procedure:

  • The graph needs to be assessed by a doctor.

  • You can resume your daily routine activities post the test. 

  • There are no side effects of this procedure.

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