Non-Stress Testing (NST)
Non-Stress Testing involves using a fetal monitor to listen to the fetus's heart rate and measure uterine contractions. It is known that a healthy baby will increase its heart rate when it moves. This test is performed when your doctor/midwife is concerned that the placenta may not be functioning well. Typical reasons for NSTs include postdate pregnancies, suspected poor fetal growth, medical problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes in the mother, or previous pregnancy complications.