Hello readers, Welcome to the Shapeshifting Moms blog. We hope that you are enjoying your beautiful time of pregnancy. So, very congratulations on hitting another milestone in your pregnancy. Now only 3 months are left to reach your destination and cherish that moment of fulfillment. And today we are going to help you know about the prenatal screening tests in the 3rd-trimester of your pregnancy.
We know that you are eagerly waiting for that moment and we are glad you are reading this blog to find out things related to your pregnancy.
As you know we’ll be talking about the prenatal tests during the third and the final trimester of your pregnancy. Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll be eager to know how your baby is growing. Prenatal tests can offer valuable information about your health and the health of your growing baby. As you know that the third trimester is the most sensitive part of your pregnancy journey where your child has almost grown to the size of a big eggplant.
The third trimester starts in the 28th week of your pregnancy and lasts until you give birth, which is around week 40 of pregnancy. Your baby continues to grow, and as the third trimester starts. In some cases of emergency, babies born earlier than the 9th month. You’ll have more checkups in the third trimester as compared to the first 2 trimesters. It’s crucial to keep an eye on yourself and your baby’s health during this time.
In this third trimester, your baby starts moving southward and you will now be able to notice a lot of changes and development in your little eggy plant. Your child’s bones, hair, senses, and everything will start developing now very prominently. You have to stay active. Try to indulge in some yoga or pilates or any light exercise and stay healthy. Remember, this is the last shot and you better play it safely and consciously.
Now enough of chit-chat and advice, let’s get straight into the list of prenatal screening tests in 3rd trimester. Let’s dive right into it-
List Of Prenatal Screening Tests In 3rd Trimester
In the third trimester, there are not many tests but all the tests are very important to keep an eye on your baby. The fetus starts moving and rotating in the last 3 months. To check the baby’s growth and analyze the movement pattern of the baby, these tests are conducted.
Prenatal tests are crucial for you in every trimester that checks that everything is working under controlled conditions. After these tests, your doctor might add up some medications and will tell you about the expected things related to pregnancy and all that you will be facing at the time of giving birth. At this stage, you should talk about the possible options of giving birth to a baby, like choosing between cesarean or normal delivery. So without any further adieu let’s get straight into the list of test which you will be undergoing-
You must be thinking, Again ultrasound? Yes, again. As we told you before in our previous article on the second-trimester pregnancy test, that ultrasound is the most common form of test which you will undergo many times during this pregnancy period. So again you will be undergoing the detailed version of the ultrasound test.
An ultrasound is a reliable and pain-free test that manages sound waves to make pictures that reveal the baby’s shape and position in the uterus. Third-trimester ultrasounds can monitor the placenta, which also checks whether the baby is getting enough oxygen. Women with high-risk pregnancies may have many ultrasounds in their third trimester.
2. Group B Streptococcus Screening
You may be asked to undergo a Group B streptococcus screening test which is used to determine the presence of bacteria in the vaginal area, which sometimes gets passed to the child while having a normal delivery. In this process, vaginal and rectal swabs are taken at 35 to 37 weeks of pregnancy to detect group B strep bacteria. This bacteria can be the leading cause of life-threatening infections in newborns and can also lead to intellectual disability, impaired vision, and hearing loss.
3. Electronic Fetal Heart Monitoring
Electronic fetal heart monitoring is a common procedure that monitors the heart rate of the fetus during labor pain. The fetal heart rate can indicate whether the fetus is doing well or is in trouble. This test can be done any time after 20 weeks of your pregnancy.
4. Contraction Stress Test
A Contraction Stress Test is conducted near the end of pregnancy to check how well the fetus will cope with the contractions and expansion during the delivery. The intention is to cause contractions and observe the fetus to check for heart rate abnormalities using a cardiotocograph. In this procedure, a fetal monitor tests the baby’s heart rate stimulated either by oxytocin (Pitocin) or nipple stimulation.
5. Nonstress Test
The Nonstress Test is an easy, non-invasive way of checking on your baby’s health. This test reads your baby’s movement, heartbeat, and contractions. It also notes the changes in heart rhythm when your baby goes from resting to moving. This test is generally recommended when there is more than one fetus in your womb. This test uses a fetal monitor strapped across the mother’s abdomen to measure the baby’s heart rate as it moves.
So these are a few tests that clear out the current condition of you and your baby. So always consult your doctor before undergoing any of these tests.
Shapeshifting moms wish you All the best for your final battle. We hope to hear your lovely experience in the comment section below. Let’s join a beautiful community of mothers where everyone can share their amazing experiences. Eat healthily and be more conscious now as this is the final stage and till the end of the pregnancy your fetus will grow to the size of a watermelon. So be healthy and stay happy.
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