After 32 weeks you will probably see your health care provider every other week until 38 weeks. After that you are likely to have weekly visits.
It assesses your baby's well-being in the last weeks of pregnancy. If a pregnancy is high-risk or over 40 weeks, it helps determine whether to start labor.
This test shows whether your baby is getting enough oxygen to handle contractions well. It helps determine whether to start labor or deliver the baby by Cesarean. It may be done if a nonstress test indicates there might be a problem.
If you are having contractions between weeks 23 and 34, the presence of fibronectin means you are at risk for preterm birth.
Group B streptococcus is on the skin of 10 to 30 percent of American women. It does not cause illness in adults but can cause a very serious illness in newborns. If the bacteria are present, you will be given intravenous (IV) antibiotics in labor. This will help prevent your baby from getting sick. The test is done between 35 and 37 weeks.
This is a test for anemia. If the hemoglobin in your red blood cell count is low, you may need to take iron supplements and eat more iron-rich foods.
This test gives information about your baby's health. Normal changes in the heart rate when your baby moves indicate well-being. This test can be combined with an ultrasound as part of a biophysical profile.
This test is done to see if you have produced antibodies that can hurt your baby's blood. This test is only done if you are Rh negative. Learn more in the Rh negative section of special circumstances.
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, seventh edition, ob-ah-90026
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