What prenatal care do I need during week 35 of pregnancy?

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The end is in sight. At 35 weeks the average fetus is approximately 5 pounds, and the enlarged uterus is putting pressure on the internal organs causing a number of discomforts such as indigestion, urinary frequency, constipation, swollen feet and back ache. The enlarged uterus may result in clothes being tight, difficulty finding a comfortable position and interrupted sleep. The frequency of prenatal visits to the healthcare provider is increased to weekly. The healthcare provider may order testing for Group B Strep or a non-stress test, depending on the individual situation. It is time to be practicing breathing and relaxation techniques for labor, enjoying time with one’s partner and to beginning preparing for the trip to the hospital.

Most doctors typically recommend that you start making weekly visits between the 35th and 36th weeks of pregnancy. This allows your doctor to make sure everything is going smoothly and help you plan for delivery. Your doctor will probably administer a swab test to check for the presence of a certain bacteria called Group B streptococci. Studies show that about a quarter of women carry these bacteria. Although Group B streptococci bacteria are usually harmless to you, it may cause conditions in your baby, such as pneumonia or a blood disease. If you test positive, you can be treated with antibiotics during labor, which can help ensure your baby's safety. Some moms who have an infection related to Group B strep may be treated prior to delivery.

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