During the last few weeks of your pregnancy, you may have more aches and pains. It's important to rest when you can.
Your growing baby is putting more pressure on your bladder. So you may need to urinate more often. Hemorrhoids are also common. These are painful, itchy veins in the rectal area.
In the 36th week, most women have a test for group B streptococcus (GBS). GBS is a common bacteria that can live in the vagina and rectum. It can make your baby sick after birth. If you test positive, you will get antibiotics during labour. These will keep your baby from getting the bacteria.
You may want to talk with your doctor or midwife about banking your baby's umbilical cord blood. This is the blood left in the cord after birth. If you want to save this blood, you must arrange it ahead of time. You can't decide at the last minute.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: September 5, 2018
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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