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    Prenatal Visit Week 39

    You're almost there -- and probably very ready to have your baby! This will be one of your last pregnancy well-visits. Your doctor will make sure that you're prepared for labor, delivery, and motherhood. He or she will also check your progress and answer any questions.

    What You Can Expect:

    Your doctor will tell you your Group B Streptococcus (GBS) status, which you may need to know in the hospital.

    Your doctor will ask if you have any questions about:

    As with other visits, your doctor will:

    • Check your weight and blood pressure
    • Measure the height of your uterus to gauge your baby's growth
    • Check your baby's heart rate
    • Ask if your baby's movements are occurring about as often as your last appointment
    • Ask you to leave a urine sample to check sugar and protein levels

    Be Prepared to Discuss:

    Your doctor will want you to know what to expect after the birth. Be prepared to discuss:

    • Lochia. For several weeks after the birth, women have a vaginal discharge called lochia. Initially, it's heavier than menstrual flow, with a similar consistency. Gradually, the flow slows and the color lightens.
    • Recovery from a vaginal birth. Your vaginal area will be swollen for a few days. Your doctor will recommend ice packs at first, then warm baths, for relief. You also may receive pain medication.
    • Recovery from cesarean section. If you have a C-section, your incision may hurt for a few weeks, so you'll receive pain medication. Your doctor will remind you to avoid heavy lifting while your body heals from surgery. This includes lifting your baby in a car seat, so your partner or someone else will have to do it for you until you heal.
    • Your postpartum visit. Your doctor will examine you again 6 weeks after the birth. He or she may recommend that you wait until after this appointment before having sex again.

    Ask Your Doctor:

    Tap the Action button above to select questions to ask your doctor.

    • What circumstances require a C-section?
    • Will I have lochia after a C-section?
    • What is operative delivery and when is it done?
    • What is an episiotomy and will I need one?
    • Will I be able to sit comfortably after a vaginal birth?
    • What should I do to recover after delivery?
    • How soon should I expect to get my period again?

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on June 04, 2016

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