OB Appointment Weeks 26 - 29
You have just finished the second trimester of your pregnancy and you are heading for the finish line! If your doctor or midwife has special concerns about your pregnancy or if you have developed any complications such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, or signs of preeclampsia, you may begin to have prenatal appointments every two weeks during months seven and eight.
But if you are having a normal pregnancy with no complications, you will continue to see your doctor or midwife once a month up until week 30 and then most doctors and midwives will want to see you every two weeks regardless or your condition.
Now may be the week that your doctor or midwife will take a look at your weight gain to make sure you keep on track. The next several weeks your baby will grow by leaps and bounds and it is very easy for mom to fall into the same pattern. If you have gained a significant amount of weight already, your doctor or midwife may want to review your diet and may refer you to a nutritionist to help you keep your weight gain under control for the duration of your pregnancy. Your doctor or midwife will most certainly want you to report your baby's movements. If there is some reason to believe that baby is not thriving, your doctor or midwife may opt to run a
non-stress test (NST). This test is most often used when a pregnancy has gone past term but your doctor or midwife can use it at any time to assess your baby's well-being. The test measures your baby's heartbeat in relation to his or her movements. This test is risk free and painless for both mother and baby, and it can be performed in the office.
If you didn't have a glucose screening test to check for
gestational diabetes at your last appointment, you'll be given it now. During this test, you'll be asked to drink a sweet liquid on an empty stomach and then have your blood sugar levels tested an hour later. If results from this test come back positive, it does not necessarily mean you have gestational diabetes, it simply means you need to have a more accurate test called the glucose tolerance test (GTT).