I went in early this morning for my first non-stress test on the antepartum unit at the hospital. Somehow I was under the impression it would be an ultrasound, but it was not, was just monitoring of baby's movement and heartbeat while I laid on my left side. They said it could take anywhere between 20 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the baby's behavior.
Magpie passed with flying colors. I actually found the whole thing fairly relaxing and thought it was nice for me to get used to the monitoring...it will be good to have as many things as possible feel routine and downright boring before I actually get to labor and delivery so that I'm not feeling like I need to attend to anything but dealing with the labor itself when the time comes.
Will and I completed a Hypnobabies class recently and I think these weekly NSTs will be a great time to practice my hypnosis. Of course I need to practice a whole lot more than once a week, but it will be a good, dedicated time to do so. One of these days, maybe I'll blog about the class and preparation itself...I think it will definitely help when my "birthing time" arrives, but I don't know if it will be a complete panacea for all childbirth pain/discomfort...we shall see...we would like to do this birth thing unmedicated...or at least get the party well underway prior to receiving pain meds. Anything, including medical self-hypnosis than can help is most welcome.
Oh, and my blood pressure? 100/60 when they took it this AM. Funny how low it's been lately. Not bad for an advanced-in-her-years diabetic pregnant woman.
So today. The NST. Boring, boring, boring. Which is great. I laid there almost napping and Magpie boxed and kicked and her heart rate ranged from the 170s to the 150s.
And then I grabbed some breakfast and went to work. All good. We'll do it again next week (and the week after that, and the week after that...) just for fun.
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