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Pregnancy: 3rd Trimester

Questions to Discuss With Your Doctor:

  • Do you have adequate support at home from family or friends?
  • How do you feel? Have you had any problems since your last visit?
  • Have you had any vaginal bleeding or spotting?
  • Have you had any pain or uterine cramping?
  • Have you had any discharge or leakage of fluid from your vagina?
  • Have you noticed swelling of your face or ankles?
  • Have you had any problems with your vision?
  • Are you getting frequent headaches?
  • Have you noticed a change in the frequency or intensity of fetal movement?
  • Are you planning to breast-feed or bottle-feed?
  • Have you selected a pediatrician for your baby?
  • Are you taking classes on labor and delivery?
  • Have you made arrangements for your family’s health insurance to cover your baby when the baby is born?
  • Have you purchased a special car seat to hold your baby when riding in your car?
  • Have you decided on whether the baby will have a circumcision, if a boy?
  • Have you talked with your doctor about the length of your stay in the hospital?
  • Do you know the signs of going into labor so that you can call your doctor when labor begins? (These include uterine contractions and rupture of the membranes).

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Breasts (to see if your nipples are inverted)
  • Abdominal exam, including measurement of the height of your fundus (top of the uterus)

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Culture of the vagina and rectum for Group B streptococcus bacteria (see p. 920)
  • Fetal ultrasound


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