At this visit, you will again have your weight and blood pressure recorded on your antenatal card. The number on the weighing scale might alarm you, but you do need to put on a healthy 10-12 kgs through your pregnancy. So don’t worry too much!
The doctor will examine your abdomen for the size and height of the uterus to assure whether all is well. You will also hear the reassuring sound of your baby’s heartbeat on the Doppler.
All mothers-to-be need to be screened for viruses such as HIV at least 3 months before being admitted for delivery. So as per hospital protocol, you will have to undergo few more blood tests this month. These tests will include the Complete Blood Count and tests for other infectious diseases. Make sure you don’t miss any.
The doctor will administer the second dose of the tetanus shot during this visit. The doctor will also record the results of the glucose tolerance test.
You can now discuss the final choice of the place where you’d like to deliver your baby. Considering you are required to register for delivery by week 28th. If you have any questions related to the facilities available at the hospital, make it a point to discuss them in detail with the doctor.
If you haven’t signed up for a birthing class yet, make sure you seek some suggestions from the doctor about options in your locality. Birthing classes are a great way to prepare your body for delivery and a good place to meet other mums-to-be. Just like BabyChakra is!
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