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What tests should I have done during week 36 of pregnancy?

During your weekly doctor visits starting around week 36, your doctor may perform a variety of tests to make sure your pregnancy is going smoothly and to prepare you for delivery. Your doctor may do a swab test to check for the presence of Group B streptococci bacteria; if it is present, you will likely be treated with antibiotics during labor to prevent passing the infection to the baby. Mothers who have an infection themselves (like a UTI) due to Group B strep may be treated with antibiotics prior to delivery. If you seem to be at risk for an imbalance of amniotic fluid, your doctor can run an ultrasound to check your amniotic fluid levels. Too little fluid (oligohydramnios) or too much fluid (polyhydramnios) can both cause premature delivery or other complications.

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