Tests in the III. trimester
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Tests in the III. trimester

OPTIMUM ANTENATAL CARE

PREMIUM ANTENATAL CARE

28-30. week of pregnancy

consultation

28-30. week of pregnancy

consultation,

laboratory tests including preeclampsia screening (if necessary).

The foetus has more and more adipose tissues, so they don't appear so wrinkled and this layer of fat helps them preserve heat after birth. The foetus starts to imitate breathing movements to prepare for the life outside. They move their midriff repeatedly and rhythmically, but this often ends up in hiccups, when the foetus drinks a bit of forewater. Less movement can be noticed as they have less space in the uterus. By this time they are in the cephalic position, waiting for the big day to come.

30-32. week of pregnancy

consultation,

third ultrasound screen.

30-32. week of pregnancy

consultation,

third ultrasound scan,

Flowmetry (if necessary).

Nails are developed on the fingers and toes, their hair, eyebrows and eyelashes can be seen. They can move their head to the side, and as they are quite big by now they tend to move less. Their body gets rounder, more proportionate. They can differentiate between light and dark. As there is less space in the uterus, they are usually in the cephalic position. The foetus sleeps 90% of the day.

34. week

consultation,

34. week

consultation,

laboratory tests including preeclampsia screening (if necessary).

Vernix (a waxy, white substance) is getting thicker on their skin. The foetus is probably in the position in the uterus in which he/she wants to be born. If they are not in the cephalic position yet, then due to their intimate relationship many mothers can get them to take up that position. If born at this stage, they would be able to adapt to life outside the uterus

36. week of pregnancy

consultation,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test,

Group B Streptococcus test (GBS),

referrals to laboratory (III. laboratory),

consulting with the anaesthetist.

36. week of pregnancy

consultation,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test,

Group B Streptococcus test (GBS),

referrals to laboratory (III. laboratory),

consulting with the anaesthetist,

laboratory tests including preeclampsia screening (if necessary).

By this time the bones are stronger but still soft enough to adapt a bit in the birth canal. The foetus totally fills the uterus. Nails reach the end of fingers and toes. Their hair is about 0,5 cm long. If this is the first baby, then it will probably have already turned to the cervix and descended into the pelvis, ready for labour to begin. . Heartburn, breathlessness will ease slowly and appetite will return.

37. week of pregnancy

consultation,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test,

assessment of laboratory results

assessment of the consultation with the anaesthetist.

37. week of pregnancy

consultation,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test,

assessment of laboratory results

assessment of the consultation with the anaesthetist,

laboratory tests including preeclampsia screening (if necessary).

The foetus still gains weight. If they perceive light in the uterus, they turn towards it. Their head is already in the lesser pelvis, which makes breathing easier for the mother as the uterus withdraws from under the midriff. From now on they gain appr. 28 grams every day. By the end of the 37. week they are considered mature, not premature anymore, so if the birth should start, it should not be prolonged.

38. week of pregnancy

consultation,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test,

4th ultrasound scan.

38. week of pregnancy

consultation,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test,

4th ultrasound scan.

laboratory tests including preeclampsia screening (if necessary).

In the intestines of the foetus the dark green coloured, creamy meconium is accumulating slowly, which is made up of cell fragments from the liver, gall bladder and pancreas, skin cells and swallowed lanugo. Meconium is usually released after birth as the first stool of the baby. If the baby is a boy, then by the 38th week testicles have already arrived from the abdominal cavity into the scrotal sacs, if a girl then the labia have already developed. By this time vernix disappears from the surface of the skin.

39. week of pregnancy

consultation,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test.

39. week of pregnancy

consultation,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test,

laboratory tests including preeclampsia screening (if necessary).

The baby weighs over 3 kg by this time, and almost fully fills the uterus. The mother's body provides the baby with the first line of defence of the immune system through the placenta, with antibodies. They will help the baby fight infections in the first six months. Lungs produce surfactants at full throttle, the gradually strengthening muscles practice breathing movements. The nails reach the end of fingers and toes.

40. week of pregnancy

consultation,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test.

40. week of pregnancy

consultation 2 times a week,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test.

The majority of foetal hair or lanugo has already disappeared. Due to the mother's hormones the genitals of the baby – testicles in case of boys and labia majora in case of girls – often get bigger, and a few days after birth they settle into their normal shape.

Overdue

(7-10 days, depends on practice)

consultation every other day,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test,

Amnioscopy,

ultrasound,

flowmetry.

Overdue

(7-10 days, depends on practice)

consultation every other day,

CTG,

measuring blood pressure,

urine test,

Amnioscopy,

ultrasound,

flowmetry.

Only 5% of expectant mothers give birth on the due date. If this is your first pregnancy then the baby might be as much as two weeks "late".