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Third Trimester Doctor Visits

Third Trimester Doctor Visits

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You're almost there! In your third trimester, you'll be seeing your doctor a lot every two weeks for 28 to 36 weeks, and then once a week until you deliver your baby at 40 weeks. There will be physical exams, more tests, and discussions about the upcoming labour.

First of all, your doctor will ask you how you're feeling. Things like headaches, pain or early contractions, as well as how you are holding up emotionally are discussed. Even normal things like fatigue, heartburn or moodiness could be brought up at this visit. Don't be afraid to discuss something with your health care practitioner, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is.

Your doctor will also tell you how to keep track of your baby's movements in the womb. He or she will ask how much movement you are feeling lately, and get you to start counting these movements for a set time daily. The doctor will most likely look at your face, ankles and hands to see if they are swelling.

Like in your second trimester, your weight will be recorded, and any last minute urine or blood tests to check things like protein and sugar levels will be performed. More urine will be collected to make sure you don't have a urinary tract infection, or are suffering from pre-eclampsia a toxemia that can be fatal.

The doctor will listen to your baby's heartbeat and by feeling your belly he or she can give you an idea of the size of your baby. She'll take some measurements and see if they fit with the due date and supposed age of the baby, and if the baby is too big or too small you will be sent for another ultrasound. The physician can tell if the baby is in the proper head-down position for delivery, or if your fetus is in the breech position bottom down. If an ultrasound confirms this, your doctor may offer you the option of having an external cephalic to turn the baby the right way.

Most likely, you won't undergo a pelvic exam during third trimester visits, unless your doctor suspects there is a problem or can't determine the baby's position. However, if you're past your due date the doctor might perform one to check your cervix for dilation and to see if the baby has dropped into its delivery position.

Additionally, you might get a shot of RH immune globin if you need one it's an antibody that prevents a woman's immune system from producing her own RH antibodies and potentially harming the baby. The doctor will also swab your vagina and rectum to check for group b strep, which is a common infection that requires antibiotics.

As you prepare for your baby's birth, doctor's visits are an important part of your pregnancy. You can ensure that there are no complications, ask health questions, get valuable advice on your upcoming delivery, and be as prepared as possible for your new arrival!


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