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What will happen at my third trimester doctor visits?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The finish line may be in sight, but there's still plenty for your doctor to do:
  1. Continue to monitor the fetal heartbeat at every visit and document your perception of consistent fetal movement
  2. Continue to monitor the growth of the fetus by belly measurement
  3. Check for swelling of hands, feet, and face
  4. Check fetus's position (if it's not in head down position near the time of delivery, your provider will offer you options)
  5. Check the adequacy of your pelvis for vaginal delivery and the condition of your cervix as you progress toward delivery
  6. If glucose screening test showed high blood sugar, you will be given a glucose tolerance test
  7. Between 35 and 37 weeks, during a pelvic exam, you will be screened for the presence of group B strep in your vagina
  8. If you were anemic early in your pregnancy or didn't have your blood checked in the second trimester, you may have your blood tested again for anemia
  9. If you are at high risk for sexually transmitted diseases, you will be retested
  10. If you had placenta previa or low-lying placenta earlier in pregnancy, you'll have another ultrasound to determine location of the placenta; delivery mode will be planned as necessary
  11. If your pregnancy is high risk or you experience certain problems, you may have a biophysical profile or nonstress test to help with decisions about the timing of your delivery
  12. If you go past your due date, your provider will do an ultrasound to check the amount of amniotic fluid and may also order a nonstress test or biophysical profile to determine the baby's condition. These tests may be given once or twice a week until you either go into labor naturally or are induced.
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