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’re within just a few short weeks of BABY!, you’ll start visiting your healthcare provider for pre-natal appointments once a week. Baby is considered near-term next week, so it certainly doesn’t hurt to see your healthcare provider with increased frequency. This will be another 15-minute visit, in which your healthcare provider will measure your weight, blood pressure, and have you provide a urine sample which will be tested for elevated levels of sugar and protein. He or she will also discuss Baby’s movement over the past two weeks with you, measure your womb to get a good read on her size, and take her heart rate with a fetal doppler. If she was still in breech position at your last appointment, your healthcare provider will also check to see if she has made any progress in orienting herself towards the proper, head-down delivery position.
At the week 36 appointment, your healthcare provider will also test you for Group B Streptococcus (GBS). GBS is a pretty common bacterium found in the body, and doesn’t make adults sick, but exposure and infection for baby could prove very dangerous. Your healthcare provider will swab your vagina and rectum and test the cultures for GBS. If you are GBS-positive, you’ll need antibiotics administered during delivery in order to make sure that Baby does not pick up the bacteria.
Reviewed by Dr. Jamie Lo
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