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Third trimester, provider appointment #8 (week 39)

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!

No new testing at this appointment, just a routine, twilight of pregnancy check-up. It’s a good idea to come prepared with any labor and delivery questions you might have, and you should feel free to ask questions that you may have about your little one’s first few days.

As always, your healthcare provider is going to want to check your weight, blood pressure, and have you provide a urine sample that will be screened for elevated levels of sugar and protein. In addition, he or she will measure your womb to get a good sense of how Baby is growing, discuss the frequency and intensity of his movements relative to last week, and take his heart rate using a fetal doppler.


Reviewed by Dr. Jamie Lo
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Sources
  • Mayo Clinic Staff. “Fetal development: The third trimester.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 7/11/2014. Web.
  • “Prenatal care in your third trimeser.” U.S National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus, 6/11/2014. Web.
  • Mayo Clinic Staff. “Prenatal care: 3rd trimester visits.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 7/30/2015. Web.
  • Mayo Clinic Staff. “Third trimester pregnancy: What to expect.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic, 5/5/2014. Web.

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