Obstetrics - 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