What prenatal care do I need during week 36 of pregnancy?

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Prenatal care is focused on monitoring the well-being of the mother and fetus. Some of the components of the prenatal check-up at 36 weeks includes: maternal vital signs and blood pressure, weight, measurement of fundal height, fetal heart rate and a discussion of any questions or concerns expressed by the mother. A pelvic examination might be done to assess the cervix's readiness for labor and birth, if there have been any signs of pre-labor such as increased vaginal discharge or episodes of uterine contractions.

Most doctors typically recommend that you start making weekly visits around the 36th week of pregnancy. This allows your doctor to make sure everything is going smoothly and help you plan for delivery. Your doctor will continue to check for the presence of the bacteria called Group B streptococcus. Similarly, if your baby has not maneuvered into the head-down position by this time, doctors can perform an "external cephalic version" (ECV). In this procedure, your doctor simply manipulates your baby into the head-down position from outside. Some women even experience a preterm delivery at this point, or begin the labor process.
 

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