27.12.2014

Pregnancy weekly doctor visits

In your third trimester (28 weeks through the end of your pregnancy), you'll most likely have a checkup every two weeks from 28 to 36 weeks, then switch to once-a-week visits until you deliver.As you and your healthcare practitioner get to know each other better and as your due date draws near, you can expect a mix of regular physical exams, late-pregnancy tests, and discussions about the coming birth.
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Now you'll go every other week until around 36 weeks, and then you'll be visiting your practitioner weekly until you give birth.
Your doctor or midwife will measure your fundal height, the distance from the top of your uterus to your pubic bone, which gives clues about your baby’s growth rate. Between 36 and 40 weeks, you may have another ultrasound to determine the size and position of your baby.
You'll have plenty more opportunities during these biweekly and weekly pregnancy checkups to hear your baby's heartbeat, so you’ll know he's just dandy in your tummy. Close to the end of your pregnancy, your doctor or midwife will give you advice on how to know when you're in labor, how to tell the difference between Braxton-Hicks and labor contractions, when to call your practitioner, when to head to the hospital or birthing center, and how to care for yourself and your baby during these final weeks. At around 35 to 37 weeks, he or she will take a vaginal swab to check for group B strep, bacteria found in about one-third of pregnant women.


Jot down any questions about what happens after the birth, along with your regular pregnancy questions, so you don't forget to ask them at the appointment.
If you're considering banking your baby's cord blood, now is the time to talk to your doctor to figure out your preferred plan of action.
At 36 weeks or so, if she thinks the baby is breech (or can't tell for sure), she'll order an ultrasound to confirm her findings. If he is, you may be offered a procedure called an external cephalic version to try to turn the baby.You probably won't have routine pelvic exams at your prenatal visits, even in the third trimester.



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