What should I discuss with my doctor during the 3rd trimester?

Dr. Deborah Raines, MSN
Nursing Specialist

The important questions to ask are about the onset of labor. What to expect? What to do? When to call the doctor/midwife? How to differentiate false labor and true labor? These are some of the key question to discuss at 36 weeks of pregnancy.

During the 3rd trimester, you should be going to the doctor twice monthly and asking about any concerns you may have in the moment. Here are some things to consider:

  • Tests
  • Symptoms
  • Communicable diseases (HIV, syphilis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, Rh status)
  • Baby’s development
  • Baby’s positioning in the womb
  • Safe activities
  • Childbirth
  • Delivery complications (preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, iron-deficiency anemia, preterm labor)
  • Emotions/distress
  • Ailments

You should continue to prepare for the birth and your baby's final weeks of development in the womb, and be sure to talk to your doctor about any signs of labor you are having.

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3rd Trimester Of Pregnancy

The final few weeks of your pregnancy will put the most strain on your body. Extra weight will cause back pain, breasts will be at their largest, and you may suffer from mild contractions. Swelling may also cause your ankles, face...

, and hands to become puffier than usual. Fatigue will usually set in after the 2nd trimester due to extra weight, broken sleep patterns, and stress from upcoming delivery. The baby is now pressing down on your bladder so urination is more frequent than ever. If you notice discharges are heavy or blood-colored, visit you doctor. It may be a sign that you lost your mucus plug and are dilating for labor.

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