When you reach your third trimester, you are likely going to start to think more and more about actually delivering your baby. Whether it is your first or you last baby, it is important that you know you can ask your obstetrician any questions that you may have during your prenatal appointments. This article will discuss 3 things to ask your obstetrician during your last two months of prenatal visits.
What Position Is The Baby In?
As you get closer and closer to your due date, the position of your baby is going to matter more and more. This is because the baby is getting bigger, and it is going to be less likely and harder for them to completely change positions before delivery. For example, if your baby is breech as you get closer to your due date, your doctor may recommend that you get a c-section. Asking about this at each appointment can help to better prepare you for the type of delivery that you should expect.
How Far Over My Due Date Will You Let Me Go?
To many women this is a question that is top priority in their mind as they get closer and closer to their due date. Most doctor's are going to want you to be at least two weeks over your due date before they are willing to induce you, especially if it is your first. However, if you have other symptoms such as high blood pressure, if your baby has intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), or if you have not gone into labor on your own with previous babies, then they are going to look at your situation and decide what is best for you personally.
What Signs Of Labor Should You Look For?
This is a question that is especially important for first time moms because they have never experienced labor before. While your OBGYN, such as at Women First OBGYN, will likely check you at each appointment to see how your cervix is progressing, you are still going to want know what to look for because the rate at which your cervix progresses is incredibly variable. For example, they will explain to you what Braxton Hicks contractions and real contractions feel like, as well as what it may feel like when your water breaks. Knowing what to look for can help you feel more prepared and will help you to know when you should labor at home vs. when it is time for you to head to the hospital, if that is where you plan on delivering.