Prenatal Visit Week 37

You're in the homestretch, and your babies will soon arrive! If you're carrying twins that share a placenta, your doctor will deliver your babies this week. During this visit, your doctor will check your progress and answer your questions.

What You Can Expect:

If your twins share a placenta, this will be your last well-visit before the babies are born. During this visit, your doctor will:

  • Help you prepare for the birth, mentally and physically
  • Review details about the type of birth you'll be having, whether vaginal or C-section. If you have any final questions, ask them at this appointment.
  • Remind you to bring your overnight bag, two infant car seats, and two cord-blood collection kits (if applicable) to the hospital for your delivery
  • 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.
  • Ask you to leave a urine sample to check sugar and protein levels

If your twins have separate placentas, your doctor will examine you as he or she normally does during a third trimester well-visit.

Be Prepared to Discuss:

Your doctor may explain some mandatory tests that will be performed on your newborns in the hospital, so you'll know what to expect.

  • Newborn heel-prick test. A hospital doctor or nurse will collect a few drops of blood from your twins by pricking their heel. Babies are tested for a variety of inherited conditions, infectious diseases, and blood problems. Most babies are healthy, but these tests can catch certain conditions before symptoms appear.
  • Newborn hearing test. A hospital pediatrician will use computerized equipment to test your babies' hearing before you leave the hospital. If the tests show a hearing loss, your doctor will refer you to a specialist for more testing and possibly treatment.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor:

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  • Why are twins who share a placenta delivered sooner?
  • Can I check out of the hospital if I forget the car seats?
  • Can my partner sleep at the hospital with me?
  • Are newborn screening tests long or painful for babies?
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on February 17, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

ACOG's "Newborn Screening Tests."

ACOG's "Newborn Screening."

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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