Prenatal Visit Week 36

Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on August 09, 2022

Just a few weeks to go before you meet your little one! As you enter your last month of pregnancy, your doctor will start monitoring you weekly. Today, they will give you an important test to help ensure the well-being of your baby during delivery. Your doctor will also check your progress and answer any questions.

What You Can Expect

Today your doctor will test your Group B Streptococcus (GBS) status by swabbing your vagina and rectum. GBS is a bacterium that some people have in or on their bodies. It usually doesn't make them sick, but it can make babies very ill if it's passed to them during delivery. GBS-positive women are given IV antibiotics during labor and delivery to prevent GBS transmission to their babies. 

Also during this visit, your doctor will:

  • Give you paperwork to preregister at the hospital. That way you won't be slowed down when you arrive to deliver your baby.
  • Explain that you should avoid airplane travel for the remainder of your pregnancy.
  • 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 at your last appointment.
  • Ask you to leave a urine sample to check sugar and protein levels.

Be Prepared to Discuss

As you enter the final weeks of your pregnancy, your doctor will want to make sure that you're attuned to your body. Be prepared to discuss:

  • Signs of preterm labor. Your doctor will ask if you have experienced any signs of preterm labor, such as cramping, mild contractions, or a change in your vaginal discharge.
  • Your urinary habits. Do you leak a little urine when you cough or sneeze? Do you have the urge to go frequently because your baby is pressing on your bladder? Your doctor may be able to offer suggestions to ease your discomfort.

Ask Your Doctor

  • Why do you need to see me weekly from now on?
  • Can I travel several hours from home now if I drive?
  • What if I go into labor before learning my GBS status?
  • Will I still leak urine when I sneeze after giving birth?
  • What should I do if I have symptoms of preterm labor?

If you're having twins, you should ask:

  • Do women carrying twins usually work until their due date?
  • What if I can't tell if my contractions are real or false?
  • What if I feel contractions before my scheduled C-section?
  • Do moms of twins need special breast pumps?

Show Sources


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Group B Streptococcus and Pregnancy," "Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month, 5th ed.," "How To Tell When Labor Begins."

American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 6th ed."

Vicki Mendiratta, MD, FACOG, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Sharon Phelan, MD, FACOG, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque.

Sonja R. Kinney, MD, FACOG, associate professor; director, division of obstetrics and gynecology; medical director, Olson Center for Women's Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.

William Goodnight, III, MD, FACOG, assistant professor in obstetrics & gynecology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, board certified in maternal-fetal medicine.

Harish M. Sehdev, MD, FACOG, associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, board certified in maternal-fetal medicine.

Natali Aziz, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics & gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

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