I had my first NST (Non-Stress Test) yesterday, as well as an OB check up. My little man failed the NST! However, my OB reassured me it was totally fine. It can be quite common for healthy babies to fail. Graham was pretty close to passing, but they want me to come back this Friday to see if he does better.
What is an NST in basic terms? They strap 2 fetal monitors to my belly. The monitors pick up baby’s heart beat and are attached to a machine that reminds me of an EKG. The machine prints out a strip of paper with baby’s heart rate patterns. They are looking for 2 accelerations in a 40 minute period (or less), where the heart rate goes up by 15 beats and then back down again. Graham had 1 acceleration of 15, and then a couple accelerations of 10. So, he just barely failed. We tried it a couple of times, but the results were the same.
I spoke to my OB about my birth plan. My plan is very simple, and there’s not much I’m dead-set on. I understand that things don’t always go according to plan, so I want to be flexible. Luckily, the few things I really want will be easy to accommodate. Then, my OB surprised me with induction plans! The reason we’re doing an induction is that I’m on blood thinners. If they plan the birth, they will be prepared to better control the situation.
Graham’s birthday might be……….. August 13th!! The induction will be one week early at 39 weeks! That’s my Dad’s birthday, too! 🙂 Andy and I are really excited knowing when our son will come into the world! And that’s only 7 weeks away (or less)!! Ahhh!! My OB did mention that things could change, depending on my upcoming cervical checks. If I’m already dilating and becoming effaced prior to 39 weeks, we’ll figure out what to do from there. No matter what happens, I know I’m in great hands. I feel totally confident in my OB.
Now for a quick update:
How far along: 32 weeks, 1 day! 8 months pregnant!!
How big is baby: A squash. “Still growing, your baby weighs in at about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds and measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches.”
If you read my last post, you’ll know I’ve been having a rough time and not feeling well. I’m still struggling. I’ve noticed some improvement, but it seems like it’s going to take awhile to get back to normal. I’m exhausted, achy, pukey, and very congested. It’s strange being sick AND going through Prednisone withdrawal. Even so, I’m in good spirits! Pregnancy-wise, I’m very healthy and not having any problems!
A few things we’ve done to prepare for baby’s arrival:
- I packed my hospital bag! It’s all ready to go!
- We added the dresser, rocker, and a couple decor items to Graham’s room! We’re making progress – yay!
- My “main” baby shower is this coming Sunday! Hopefully we’ll get most of what we need, as well as be able to go shopping soon for everything else!
Belly pic: 🙂