How often should I see my doctor during the third trimester of pregnancy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In the third trimester, prenatal visits become more frequent. In the first part of the third trimester the pregnant woman will be seeing her healthcare provider approximately every 2 weeks. After the 35th week of pregnancy the frequency of visits is increased to weekly.

Your prenatal visits will now occur more often. Starting in your 28th to 32nd week, you will probably see your doctor every two weeks, and then once a week starting at about 36 weeks. In addition to what has been routinely checked, your doctor may do a pelvic exam at about 36 to 37 weeks to check the position of your baby and the condition of your cervix. There are a lot of changes in the last month of pregnancy and it is important that you are seen regularly. Your doctor will be checking for early labor and signs of blood pressure abnormalities.

You will also be tested for Group B Strep at this time. This is a normal vaginal bacteria carried by 25 percent of women. This can cause a serious infection in newborns. If you have a positive culture for this, we will give you antibiotics in labor which will dramatically decrease the baby’s risk of infection.

You will want to schedule out until at least 41 weeks because many pregnancies go past the due date. This will allow for you and your doctor to formulate a plan if you go post dates.

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