Your healthcare provider is a hugely valuable resource for you as you head down the homestretch of pregnancy – make sure you get your questions ready!
Now that you are solidly ¾ of the way through pregnancy, your healthcare provider has started having you schedule your check-ups for every two weeks rather than four, as the due date approaches. Per usual, your healthcare provider will measure your weight, blood pressure, and have you leave a urine sample that will be scoured for elevated levels of protein and sugar. He or she will also measure your uterus to get a good sense of how Baby is growing, and take his heart rate with a fetal doppler, as well as asking about his movements, and if their frequency or intensity has changed since your last visit.
With most of the diagnostic testing behind you, these appointments will mostly be based around any questions you have for your healthcare provider about symptoms, or delivery, or anything else that you feel needs addressing.
Reviewed by Dr. Jamie Lo
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