A nonstress test also known as fetal heart rate monitoring is a common test to check on a baby’s health.
The nonstress test is an assessment of the fetus when there is an absence of stress. During the test, the baby’s heart rate is monitored during movement to see how it responds.
The test may be done after 26 to 28 weeks of gestation and is a noninvasive test that does not pose risk or danger to mother or baby. If your obstetrician orders this test, it will last about 20 minutes. For your convenience, we offer this service in-house so a trip to the hospital is not necessary.
Certain nonstress test results might indicate that a mother and baby may need further monitoring or special care.