As you get closer to your due date, you're probably busy preparing for your little one's arrival. At this appointment, your doctor will help prepare you for your upcoming delivery. He or she will also check your progress and answer any questions.
What You Can Expect:
When your doctor feels your belly, he or she may get a rough estimate of your baby's weight. Your doctor may also try to determine your baby's position, if it's still unknown. Breech (bottom-down) babies can still turn on their own.
Your doctor may want to know if you plan to submit a birth plan for your medical file. Some women put their goals for labor and delivery in writing, such as being allowed to walk around during labor or trying a drug-free birth. Birth plans can be very helpful, but keep in mind that while your doctor will try to honor your wishes, he or she will consider the safety of you and your baby above all else.
Just like at your other appointments, your doctor will:
Be Prepared to Discuss:
Your doctor will want to prepare you for what may lie ahead during pregnancy and beyond. Be prepared to talk about:
- Recognizing contractions. Your doctor will want you to be familiar with signs that labor is starting, including contractions. Some women feel false-labor contractions (called Braxton Hicks contractions) days or weeks before they go into labor. Your doctor can help you determine the difference between the two.
- Postpartum depression and your family history of depression. Up to 15% of new moms experience postpartum depression in the first few weeks after the baby is born. Your doctor will explain the warning signs and when you should call your doctor.
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