During your normal pregnancy, you will have an appointment scheduled with us once a month until you reach 28-30 weeks; every 2 weeks until you reach 36 weeks; then at least every week until delivery. In some circumstances your appointments may be more frequent due to complications or high risk concerns. We also have an open door policy about seeing our patients as often as needed!
At about 34-36 weeks, we will obtain a culture from your vagina. It consists of a cotton swab (like a Q-tip). This will test for Group B Streptococcus (a bacteria found in the vagina or lower intestine of 15% to 35% of all healthy women). GBS infections are acquired when the baby comes in contact with the vagina and can rarely cause illness in the infant. If your test results are positive, you will be given IV antibiotics during labor to prevent transmission to your baby.