36 Week Pregnancy Swab Test

Submitted by Nick on January 19, 2012

During the third trimester, especially from week 36 of the pregnancy, most pregnant women will be required to undergo weekly medical checks to monitor the progress of the baby as well as keep the mother prepared for the signs or labor. During the last trimester the doctor will mostly perform an internal examination so as to ascertain if the thinning of the cervix which is also known as the effacement of the cervix as well as the opening or dilation of the cervix has begun. Additionally, the medical test will also include measuring and monitoring the pregnant woman’s blood pressure, weight, urine, uterus size as well as a ...


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...Group B Streptococcus test (GBS). Very rarely, unless there is a complication pregnant woman in week 36 of the pregnancy are required to undergo a blood test. However some doctors may also offer the pregnant woman a 36 week pregnancy swab which is also known as the 36 week ovulation swab. See also 36 weeks pregnant what to expect

The primary purpose of the 36 week fetus low vaginal swab is to check for a bacterium known as Strep B or GBS or 'Group B streptococcus. Usually this 36 week baby swab is administered by the doctors during week 28 of the pregnancy however some doctors are also known to delay this test right up to week 34 or week 36. While administering the 36 week pregnancy swab, the vaginal swab is usually taken from the lower vagina of the pregnant woman, the area that is just at the entrance of the vagina. Hence at times, the pregnant woman can perform the 36 week pregnancy swab by herself at home as well if she is allowed to take the swab at home or she may even request to perform the 36 week pregnancy swab in the toilet of the doctor’s clinic. While performing the 36 week pregnancy swab test, the doctor should ideally not be required to use a speculum or even perform a vaginal examination. The swab that is used for the 36 week ovulation swab is shaped like a long cotton bud that is placed 3 centimeters inside the vagina and thereafter it is put into a sterile container and sent to the laboratory for analysis. Some doctors may even opt for an anal swab along with or instead of a 36 week pregnancy swab. The 36 week pregnancy swab is essential because GBS is usually a harmless infection unless it has been passed on to the baby from the mother during the delivery.

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