My current pregnancy is considered "high risk" because I was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism at 13 weeks - therefor I'm on blood thinner injections.
I've had two previous, uncomplicated home births. (One with Amy
Romano) My plan is to STILL have a home birth with baby #3. I have
a home birth midwife whom I trust, and a maternal fetal medicine
doctor so my blood thinner levels can be monitored and adjusted as
needed during the pregnancy.
I give the background mainly because of my question.
My MFH doctor (during my last trimester) wants to do a lot of NST and fetal heart monitoring (20 minute strips in office). By a lot, I mean every visit.
Personally, I'm uncomfortable with this. I know that NST can be inaccurate, is there any information you can relay to me about 20 minute strips?
I'm just afraid that due to the machine they'll find "something". I know I have the right to refuse, but having some background research would be great! I can't find anything about the risk/benefits of such monitoring.
Add to that notion, that when my mother asked if they were worried about the baby during this pregnancy, they said "no. our main concern is mom. baby should be fine and unaffected by the blood thinners" then I wonder why they want to do all this amount of testing anyway.
Any research you've found would be great!!