Hello out there! I'm looking for a little bit of advice today and hoping that some of you have thoughts on Non-Stress Tests or NSTs. Both my high-risk OB and regular OB have offered me NSTs starting at 32 weeks. Apparently they are pretty standard after one has a stillbirth, but given that we generally know what caused L's death (clotting in the placenta), both doctors think they won't actually be very helpful for me Both of them think that if I started to have clotting in the placenta, we would see growth restriction (which we haven't). And if I have an "acute event" like I did last time, the chance of us catching it while it happens is almost zero (so comforting).
That said, they have both brought it up and left it up to me as to whether we do them.
And I don't know what to do.
I've definitely been all for monitoring of any kind during this pregnancy. I have probably had 20 ultrasounds and I've been seen every other week since 20 weeks. But those visits were recommended and it seems like the doctors are not really recommending NSTs but instead just giving me the option.
I live in fear of making the wrong decision, but I don't want to do something just to do it (not to mention that NSTs would be twice a week for an hour each visit).
Any thoughts? Has anyone done NSTs? Were they comforting and/or helpful?
In other news, the high-risk OB confirmed today that we'll induce at 37 weeks, which is the day after Christmas! So, I'll work until Christmas Eve and that will be it for me (provided all goes well until then, of course). So, this little nugget should arrive before the New Year. Crazy.