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Normally, a baby’s heart rate is anywhere between 120 and 160 beats per minute and increases when the baby moves. Checking that your baby’s heart rate responds to his movements is an indirect way of knowing if he gets enough oxygen from the placenta.
The test is also known as a ‘non-stress test (NST)’. This is because your baby is not under the ‘stress’ of labour, and nothing has been done to put stress on him. During the test, your doctor monitors your baby’s heartbeat, first while your baby is resting and then while he’s moving. Just as your heart beats faster when you’re active, your baby’s heart rate should go up while he’s moving or kicking.
At Life Chart Medical Diagnostics Services, we are equiped with state of the art digital x-ray machine. Our machines are modern technology-enabled, and some work without human contact.