As you continue through your third trimester, you’ll want to increase your routine prenatal visits to ensure the health of you and your baby.
By 32 weeks you should be visiting your provider’s office every other week. At week 36, your scheduled visits will increase to once a week until your baby is born.
If you have a special circumstance, such as a high-risk pregnancy or are carrying more than one baby, your healthcare provider may want to see you more frequently. You and your provider will develop an appointment plan that best meets your needs depending upon your medical history and pregnancy.
During your third trimester checkups, your provider will perform many of the tasks you are already used to having done, such as checking your weight and blood pressure.
Your baby’s size and heart rate also will be checked followed by vaginal and cervical exams toward the end of pregnancy. These exams will help your provider determine the baby’s position inside the uterus and whether your cervix has begun to soften or dilate in preparation for labor and birth.
However, because pregnancy can bring about various temporary conditions in women, you physician may order additional testing for the following:
Understanding what to expect can help ease your nerves and encourage a more positive pregnancy and delivery experience.