By now, your baby and your belly have grown quite large. It is almost time to give birth. A full-term pregnancy can deliver between 37 and 42 weeks. Your baby's lungs are almost ready to breathe air. The bones in your baby's head are now firm enough to protect it, but soft enough to move down through the birth canal.
You may feel excited, happy, anxious, or scared. You may wonder how you will know if you are in labour or what to expect during labour. Try to be flexible in your expectations of the birth. Because each birth is different, there is no way to know exactly what childbirth will be like for you. This care sheet will help you know what to expect and how to prepare. This may make your childbirth easier.
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. The medicine will keep your baby from getting the bacteria.
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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