36-40 Week Visit
What to expect at your visit:
You're getting very close now! During the final stages of your pregnancy, your visits will be every week. Around 36 weeks we perform a test for the Group B Strep (GBS) bacteria on all women. This bacteria usually doesn't cause infections in adults, but can cause serious infections in newborns. The test involves a quick vaginal swab and results take about a week. If you have this bacteria, as about 1 in 4 women do, you'll receive antibiotics during labor to protect the baby. The antibiotics are administered through your IV. They cross the placenta and enter the baby's circulation, protecting him during birth. During the final weeks of your pregnancy we start performing checks to see if your cervix, the opening of the uterus/womb where the baby comes out, is dilating.
Labor is the obvious sign to look for at this point in your pregnancy. If you have contractions every five minutes for an hour, any vaginal bleeding, a sudden gush of fluid, or your baby is not moving, call us immediately.