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Third-Trimester-Antenatal-Appointment-Guide

Third Trimester Antenatal Appointment Guide

During the 40 weeks of pregnancy, there are regular appointments scheduled to ensure that both you and your baby are healthy and well and also to identify any potential issues or risks that may come up during the course of your pregnancy. Here's Everything you need to know for the Third Trimester.

28 Weeks

At this stage you are no doubt well acquainted with the hospital waiting room! Many expectant mothers undergo a glucose test at this point in addition to their routine appointment. This is done to check for irregularities in blood glucose levels and can help doctors identify potential signs of gestational diabetes. For this test, they generally take blood, have you drink a glucose type drink (Lucozade) and take blood again after a little while. They may do this twice but again this is all perfect standard so no need to worry.

READ MORE: Check out our week by week guide to pregnancy

During this visit, the consultant will generally use the ultrasound to determine the position of the baby. The ideal position for birth is head down and bum facing out but if your baby is lying in a different position at this point (breech, sideways or posterior), your doctor will generally just note it and keep an eye on it at subsequent appointments. There is still plenty of time for baby to get into position.

32 Weeks

Back to the GP for urine, blood pressure, weight and heartbeat. These appointments generally don’t take long but if you have any questions, this is the perfect opportunity. If you are Rhesus Negative (blood type), you will be brought back to the hospital for repeat blood tests at this stage.

34 Weeks

Hospital for the usual checks

36 Weeks

This is usually the last time you will see the GP until after baby arrives.

38 Weeks

Nearly there! Back to the hospital this week for a check-up and you will at this point be discussing what to look for in terms of signs that labour is starting and when to head to the hospital. Exciting times ahead!

40 Weeks

Hopefully at this point, you will be in hospital welcoming your baby but if not, don’t worry you will soon! The hospital will see you again at this point to check for signs of labour and schedule another visit for the following week if necessary.

41 & 42 Weeks

For those of you who are unlucky like me and go overdue, you will have a routine appointment at the hospital to assess your progress and look for any signs of labour. During these appointments, your options in terms of induction or Caesarean Section will be discussed if your consultant feels they are necessary. It is important to ask any questions you may have about what will happen to reduce any anxieties you may have. If you are looking at either of these options, take comfort in the fact that you will have your beautiful baby at the end of it. I myself have had three children, one section, one natural and one induction and all three have been amazing experiences with three healthy babies so there is nothing to worry about.

As any doctor or midwife will tell you, you do not have to wait until appointments if you are concerned or have questions. The maternity or early pregnancy unit within your hospital will be happy to see you and put your mind at rest. You should never feel you are bothering them, that is what they are there for! At the end of the day, they would rather you come in and get reassured than sit at home and worry as that is not good for you or baby!

At some point (usually in the third trimester), you will be invited to attend ante-natal classes given by either a midwife or public health nurse. They will give great advice for anyone but especially first-time parents on labour, birth, feeding and there will be advice from a physiotherapist should you have any issues. These are a great opportunity to meet other parents at around the same stage of pregnancy and a good question opportunity.

Once these appointments are over, you will have your gorgeous bundle so well done mom, you did it!


About the Author

Jenny Sherlock is a working mom of three children, aged 9, 5 and the youngest arrived in January this year. She is a civil servant and a freelance writer. She enjoys art, reading, music and good food. She gives an honest account of the rollercoaster that is parenting, warts and all! Check out her blog seriouslymammy.wordpress.com for more!

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