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At 35 weeks, your baby has developed most of their physical characteristics and is probably focusing on gaining weight. Because of this and because your due date is nearing, your doctor will suggest that you start visiting weekly instead of every two weeks. Your doctor may also do a swab test to check for the presence of bacteria called Group B streptococci. These bacteria are harmless to adults, but you may pass them on to your baby, which can cause fetal conditions such as pneumonia or blood disease. Your doctor will give you antibiotic medication if the test is positive. Treatment lowers your baby's chance of being infected and is typically very effective.
At 35 weeks a non-stress test may be done to evaluate fetal well-being. In addition an ultrasound might be done if there are questions about the fetal position or the location of the placenta. In general, these tests are only done if signs of a potential risk to mother or fetus are evident. In the absence of specific risk factors, the woman can continue to perform fetal kick counts and wait for the onset of labor.