How to Level the Playing Field
When going for an NST/BPP, a little preparation can help you make sure you are hydrated and the baby will be as active as possible before being hooked up to the monitors. This is not to fool the doctor, but to set yourself up for success. If, after following this regimen, the baby or amniotic fluid still shows there is something amiss, you will know you did your part to make sure both were as normal as possible.
- Two hours before your appointment, soak in a tub full of water. Soak for 45 minutes to an hour and while you soak, drink as much of a half a gallon of water as you can. You will definitely have to go to the bathroom more afterwards, but hydrating through soaking and drinking water are two great ways to make sure the amniotic fluid index is as normal as possible. Many women are induced because of low fluid levels when they are really dehydrated. We don’t want that to happen to you.
- After your bath, eat a full meal with plenty of carbs. Protein is always important, of course, but you are doing your best to put some glucose into your system so the baby will be as reactive as possible. Reactivity is one of the major aspects of the NST/BPP.
- Before you walk into the doctor’s office, drink a full-sugar soda, a small bottle of juice or a cup of coffee – whichever you have abstained from during the pregnancy but wished you could drink. This is sure to perk a baby up!
- As you’re getting hooked up to the monitors, talk to the baby and let him or her know what will be happening and that you want to see a perky baby. Also tell the baby if there are problems you can’t see or feel, to “tell” you and you’ll listen and honor the message; babies are very receptive to your wishes and thoughts.
Hopefully, these strategies can help your upcoming NST/BPP be successful. Of course, if you have any concerns, don’t hesitate to talk to your care provider.