For many months, you have visited your midwife/doctor with a list of questions. Now you arrive with one more question; "Will this prenatal appointment be the last?"
It is an exciting time...an anxious time...and a time for discussing the last details of the upcoming delivery of your baby.
Your prenatal visits will still contain those familiar tests and checks, including:
- Your weight measured
- Your blood pressure taken
- Your urine analyzed
- Your abdomen measure to check your baby's growth (fundal height)
- Your baby's heartbeat listened to
A vaginal exam may now be performed to:
- Verify that the baby's head is at the cervix (presenting part)
- Determine the baby's level in the pelvis (station)
- Evaluate the shape and size of the pelvis
- Assess the cervix for dilation, effacement, and softening
- Obtain vaginal and/or cervical cultures, if indicated
Your provider may spend time reviewing:
- Your decision regarding anesthesia, breast-feeding, circumcision, and postpartum contraception
- Any prenatal or laboratory test performed since your last visit.
- Signs and symptoms that would alert you to call or go to your delivery hospital.
- If you are scheduled for a cesarean birth or for induction of labor
Reprinted by Pregnancy.org, LLC from Her HealthCare.