Are there any studies that show a benefit from serial nonstress testing? Is there any evidence that these tests can actually show if the placenta is not functioning well enough to continue the pregnancy?
I am normally someone who takes the "no prenatal testing" route and has home births. However, due to developing Rh antibodies during this pregnancy, I have been "risked-out" of the homebirth, and I am in "the system". All of this is incredibly stressful to me and I am struggling to find an OB who will look at common sense and not just "do the standard" thing.
Incidentially, the Rh problem, isn't really a problem for me. The titer is remaining low (1:4) and the perinatologist I'm seeing is not concerned about it. She however, has taken the liberty of testing me for every other conceivable "problem" and has deemed that I have gestational diabetes. I have read the copious postings on the subject in this forum and others, and like so many others, I am fighting to not be induced "to avoid a large baby."
I have found an OB who will agree not to induce just because of the GD, but wants weekly NSTs to prove that the placenta is still functioning well. Is this just a mirage? Does the NST actually show this?
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