Pregnancy 36-40 Weeks

Your Baby;

  • Eyes are dark
  • Organs are maturing
  • Baby will be able to breathe on its own after birth
  • Head is in a down position and may be moving down into the pelvis
  • Approximately one quart of amniotic fluid surrounds the baby
  • Weight is approximately 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 lbs. and is approximately 20 inches long

Your Body:

  • You may feel extremely fatigued
  • You may have pressure in the lower pelvis
  • Braxton Hicks contractions may become more frequent (false labor)
  • Lightening occurs (when the baby drops down into the pelvis)
  • You may become quite uncomfortable and irritable

Office Visits Include:

  • Blood pressure and weight check
  • Urine dip
  • Fundal height
  • Listening to fetal heart tones
  • Cervical check for dilation, thinning and position start between 36 and 40 weeks
  • If Group B Strep culture was not obtained at 35 weeks, obtain Group B Beta Strep culture (GBBS)
  • Review signs of labor
  • Schedule any necessary procedures, testing and/or delivery options