If your baby develops as expected, on this visit, you will most likely discuss some of the symptoms that you probably feel more now — like back pain, constipation, heartburn, sleepless nights, and itchy skin.
What to expect:
- You’ll do a urine test and have your blood pressure and weight checked.
- Your doctor will listen to the baby’s heartbeat.
- Your doctor will feel and measure your belly.
- If an earlier blood test showed you’re Rh-negative, your doctor will now give you a shot of Rh immunoglobulin or “Rhogam” (you’ll get another one within 72 hours of giving birth if the baby is found to be Rh-positive).
What to ask:
- Are there any other tests/screenings you recommend in the next few weeks?
- Do you have a list of pediatricians you recommend?
- Do you have any advice for getting more sleep?
- What’s the best way to deal with back pain, leg cramps, and sciatica?
- What can I do about itchy breasts and belly?
- What should I do when I have constipation?
Bring in any remedies — medications, vitamins, herbal teas, and others — you’re taking for your symptoms.
Nonstress test: It’s a way to assess the baby’s well-being by listening to the baby’s fetal heart rate and your uterine contraction over 20-30 mins.