Fetal Non-stress Tests are Stressful for Moms

My 30 week appointment was this morning at 9:30. I was dreading it because of the weight I'd gained this past month, and expected to be fussed at. What I got was worse... concern.

I had gained 11lbs according to their scale. My blood pressure was up (the reason I had to be induced with Annelise). I was swelling more than usual. And worst or all, my last ultrasound had shown that The Bean is measuring almost 2 weeks behind. All this combined got me landed in the hospital strapped to a fetal heart rate monitor. It's called a Fetal Non-stress Test, and apparently I have to go every Tuesday for one until I deliver.

After a very stressful hour-and-a-half to two hours of laying there strapped to that thing, the L&D nurse told me everything looked normal, but I still need to come back each week.

Jay acted like none of it was a big deal. Our baby isn't growing right and the only thing he seems to be worried about is how much it's going to inconvenience him to take me to the hospital each week. He told me that we weren't going to be able to do it, and he didn't think it was necessary that I go back weekly. Um, we don't have a choice. I think I'll trust the ACTUAL doctor's opinion and go, thanks. Douche. The whole time we were in there, all he did was bitch about wanting to leave. I think I'll go by myself from now on. I don't need to stress about him AND worry about my baby too. I'm trying to stay calm, but I'm so pissed at him.

My OB also told me he wanted me to come back next Tuesday so he could monitor my blood pressure and swelling closely. I'm so stressed out.


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