What are common problems that may occur at 35 weeks of pregnancy?

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At 35 weeks of pregnancy, doctors usually recommend that you start weekly visits to make sure the pregnancy goes smoothly as you approach your due date. Most doctors do a swab test to check for the presence of Group B streptococci bacteria. Although the bacteria can occur at any point throughout pregnancy, they can be especially harmful as the baby grows and as you near labor. If untreated, Group B streptococci bacteria can spread to your baby during delivery and cause sepsis, meningitis, pneumonia, and other problems. Doctors can check frequently for the presence of bacteria in the vagina and can treat an infection promptly with antibacterial medicine that is safe to use during pregnancy if necessary. Antibiotics can be used during delivery. The bacteria can cause a uterine infection; signs of this include fever, abdominal pain, and high heart rate. If you have these or any other worrisome signs of illness, contact your health provider right away. This infection can lead to stillbirth, premature labor, and premature rupture of membranes.

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