You're in the third trimester! You'll get to hear the heartbeat and you might even feel a playful or angry kick when your healthcare provider examines your bump. If you're Rh negative, you and your doctor or midwife will talk about Rhogam and your options at during this visit.
You'll be offered a first trimester screening between 11 and 14 weeks. The results of an ultrasound and blood test combine to evaluated the risk that your baby has Down syndrome, trisomy 18 or trisomy 13.
Due to special situations like high blood pressure, premature rupture of membranes, twins or triplets, your provider may decide to order a non-stress test (NST). An NST monitors a baby's health by showing his/her baseline heart rate and also any increases in the heart rate due to movement. It's an easy, painless, non-invasive test that allows your providers to monitor baby's well being in the womb.
Mothers who require medication for a chronic health condition will be faced with a dilemma: continue therapy and possibly risk harm to their baby or risk under-treating a serious illness, which can be harmful to both. How do you know what drugs are safe during pregnancy?
There are major differences in the way doctors and hospitals approach pregnancy and delivery. I'd like to spend the next few minutes making you a savvy consumer. The hospital is the most important choice you will make with regards your pregnancy. Is it baby friendly? Can it care for preterm babies? Take these and more into consideration when making your decision.
If your pregnancy is progressing normally, you probably will be visiting our doctors and nurses every other week during this time period. At 36 weeks gestation, your provider may schedule weekly visits until your baby arrives. At each visit you can expect the routine:
Your weight measured
Your blood pressure taken
Your urine analyzed
Your abdomen measured to check you baby's growth (fundal height)