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PHOENIX
1661 E Camelback Rd
Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-241-1671

AHWATUKEE
4530 E. Ray Rd
Suite 125
Phoenix, AZ 85044
480-759-9191

Weeks 32 to 36 of Your Pregnancy

Your Care Instructions

During the last few weeks of your pregnancy, you may have more aches and pains. It's important to rest when you can.

Your growing baby is putting more pressure on your bladder. So you may need to urinate more often. Hemorrhoids are also common. These are painful, itchy veins in the rectal area.

In the 36th week, most women have a test for group B streptococcus (GBS). GBS is a common bacteria that can live in the vagina and rectum. It can make your baby sick after birth. If you test positive, you will get antibiotics during labor. These will keep your baby from getting the bacteria.

You may want to talk with your doctor about banking your baby's umbilical cord blood. This is the blood left in the cord after birth. If you want to save this blood, you must arrange it ahead of time. You can't decide at the last minute.

If you haven't already had the Tdap shot during this pregnancy, talk to your doctor about getting it. It will help protect your newborn against pertussis infection.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

Ease hemorrhoids

  • Get more liquids, fruits, vegetables, and fiber in your diet. This will help keep your stools soft. Avoid sitting for too long. Lie on your left side several times a day.
  • Clean yourself with soft, moist toilet paper. Or you can use witch hazel pads or personal hygiene pads.
  • If you are uncomfortable, try ice packs. Or you can sit in a warm sitz bath. Do these for 20 minutes at a time, as needed. Use hydrocortisone cream for pain and itching. Two examples are Anusol and Preparation H Hydrocortisone.
  • Ask your doctor about taking an over-the-counter stool softener.

Consider breastfeeding

  • Experts recommend that women breastfeed for 1 year or longer. Breast milk is the perfect food for babies.
  • Breast milk is easier for babies to digest than formula. And it is always available, just the right temperature, and free. In general, babies who are breastfed are healthier than formula-fed babies.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to get ear infections, colds, diarrhea, and pneumonia. Breastfed babies who are fed only breast milk are less likely to get asthma and allergies. Breastfed babies are less likely to be obese.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to get diabetes or heart disease.
  • Women who breastfeed have less bleeding after the birth. Their uteruses also shrink back faster. Some women who breastfeed lose weight faster. Making milk burns calories.
  • Breastfeeding can lower your risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis.

Decide about circumcision for boys

  • As you make this decision, it may help to think about your personal, religious, and family traditions. You get to decide if you will keep your son's penis natural or if he will be circumcised.If you decide that you would like to have your baby circumcised, talk with your doctor. You can share your concerns about pain. And you can discuss your preferences for anesthesia.
Care instructions adapted under license by Az Obgyn Affiliates. This care instruction is for use with your licensed healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.

Phoenix Office

602-241-1671
602-230-7982

1661 E Camelback Rd
Suite 160
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Ahwatukee Office

480-759-9191
480-759-9105

4530 E Ray Rd
Suite 125
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Hospital Affiliation

         Main 602-839-2000
OB Triage 602-839-6700

Banner University
Medical Center Phoenix

1111 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006