VIDEO: Dr. Barnett On Late Stages of Pregnancy
Pregnancy (especially first-time pregnancy) comes with a lot of questions. We want to help to answer those questions for you. Here’s a few things for you to expect in the later stages of pregnancy:
You’ll see your physician every 4 weeks for the first 30 weeks. After 30 weeks, you’ll be scheduled for appointments every 2 weeks until 35 weeks and then once every week until delivery.
Second trimester appointments consist of listening to heart-beat, checking blood pressure and measuring weight gain. These are mainly precautionary appointments.
At 35 weeks, we administer a vaginal culture for Group B Streptococcus. Group B Strep is a bacteria that many people carry normally, but it can cause infections during pregnancy. We offer to check the patient’s cervix at this appointment, but it is not required by most doctors.
Third trimester has an increased risk of developing complications such as preeclampsia. Preeclampsia can cause a spike in BP, liver failure and seizures. This increased risk is why appointments get more frequent as time elapses.
Appointments vary in duration, depending on questions and procedures being administered. Additional check-ups and monitoring will be scheduled in the event of any sign complications. We want to answer all questions that you may have. We recommend writing down any questions as you think of them.
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