Pregnancy is a very exiting time for a woman, and you’re likely to have many questions about what to expect, especially if this is your first pregnancy.
In addition to learning all about the health and development of your baby, many women are also wondering what to expect during their OB visits, so we put together a little outline on what you can expect during your third trimester visits.
OB Appointment: Weeks 32+
Starting at 32 weeks, your obstetrician may want to see you every 2 weeks until 36 weeks at which point you will see him/her weekly until delivery.
OB Appointment: Weeks 31-34 Weeks
This is the time to pre-register with the hospital, take any breast-feeding or birthing classes and select a pediatrician.
OB Appointment: Weeks 35-37
A swab will be collected from your vagina and rectum to evaluate you for Group B Streptococcus (GBS). GBS is a normal skin bacterium that is present in the genital-urinary tract 30% of the time.
If found – antibiotics will be given through an IV during labor to protect the baby.
OB Appointment: Week 36
You may have your cervix checked to assess for cervical dilation every week from now on. This is optional depending on whether or not you are having contractions.
OB Appointment: Weeks 39+
Your physician will discuss the risks and benefits of an elective induction of labor, the symptoms of labor and when to go to the hospital, the pros and cons of an epidural, and what to expect during and after the labor process.
One of the most important parts of your OB appointments is taking time to answer all of your questions.
Please feel free to jot down any questions or concerns you may have and bring them with you to your next appointment.