Prenatal Visit Week 35

At this point in your pregnancy, you're probably feeling pretty uncomfortable, but you don't have long to go! Your doctor will ask how well you are eating and sleeping. He or she will also check to see how your babies are developing and answer any questions.

What You Can Expect:

At today's visit, your doctor will:

  • Ask if you have experienced any signs of pre-term labor, such as cramping, mild contractions, or a change in your vaginal discharge
  • Ask if you've received your cord-blood collection kits, if you are planning to store the twins' cord blood
  • Check your weight and blood pressure
  • Check your babies' heart rates
  • Give you a non-stress test to measure the babies' heartbeats as they relate to their movements. The doctor may ask you to come for another non-stress test before your next appointment.
  • Ask you to leave a urine sample to check sugar and protein levels

Be Prepared to Discuss:

In this final stretch of your pregnancy, your doctor will want to talk about:

  • Your eating habits. You may be less motivated to eat these days, if your babies are crowding your stomach and you're getting heartburn after meals. Your doctor will ask how often you're eating and what foods you choose. He or she may offer meal or snack suggestions to make it easier to take in calories that count.
  • Your sleeping habits. You may have trouble getting comfortable enough to fall asleep. Or your twins may be active at night, kicking you when you're ready to doze off. You also may have started snoring lately, too, which can affect sleep quality. If you're feeling tired, your doctor may recommend certain sleep positions and suggest using a body pillow or sleeping in a recliner.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor:

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  • Is preterm labor preventable in twin pregnancies?
  • What symptoms should I call you about?
  • Are certain foods essential toward the end of pregnancy?
  • How does snoring affect the quality of my sleep?
  • If I'm having trouble sleeping at night, can I take naps?
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on February 17, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

ACOG's "Preterm Labor".

ACOG: "Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month, 5th ed."

AAP and ACOG: "Guidelines for Perinatal Care, 6th ed."

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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