A nice thing about getting the NST is that it is one of the most relaxing times of the day that I can just sit around and do nothing. With a toddler at home and working full-time, it really is a nice break. I also get an ultrasound each time to check my fluid levels (high fluid levels are a risk with gestational diabetes) which lets me take a peek at my baby. It is also always comforting to hear that heart beat knowing the baby is doing well inside. There is something hypnotic about hearing a fetal heart beat that makes you feel so relaxed.
Here are some video that I took of the ultrasound. Today was the first time (after many ultrasounds with both of my children), that I could actually see the umbilical cord floating around.
The umbilical cord and baby's face
The baby's heart beat