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Doctor insights on: Bulging Membranes In Pregnancy

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Dr. Howard Schneider
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What does it mean to "strip membranes" in pregnancy?

What does it mean to "strip membranes" in pregnancy?

Induction method: While your doctor or midwife is checking your cervical dilation at the end of your pregnancy, they can sweep their finger in a circle to slightly loosen the bag of water from the top of the cervix. This "membrane stripping" can release a hormone called prostaglandin that may help to induce labor if your body is ready. Spotting and some cramping is common after this exam. ...Read more

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If my membranes ruptured in pregnancy what would it smell like?

If my membranes ruptured in pregnancy what would it smell like?

Nothing at the start: This is just sterile watery material at the start. The labor & delivery personnel would check the acidity of the material to distinguish it from urine, but it should not smell initially. Over time, if germs get in an odor would start, but hopefully you never let it go that far. By then baby could be infected. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for infection of the pregnancy membranes?

What is the treatment for infection of the pregnancy membranes?

Delivery: Amnionitis/chorioamnionitis is a very serious infection that is usually not resolvable with antibiotics alone. Delivery is usually the only option both for the health of the mother and for the best chance for survival of the baby. ...Read more

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How can a bulging disk affect my pregnancy? And a pinched nerve?

How can a bulging disk affect my pregnancy? And a pinched nerve?

A bulging disc will: Not affect your pregnancy while a "pinched" nerve may make things uncomfortable as you progress with the pregnancy but there is physical therapy and support harnesses that can help. ...Read more

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How long does premature rupture of membranes associated with pregnancy last?

How long does premature rupture of membranes associated with pregnancy last?

Your? Makes: No sense, depends when your membranes rupture and what is going on, it lasts until the baby needs to be delivered. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pregnancy rather than bulging stomach. Even I want to know the behavior of that woman.

What are the symptoms of pregnancy rather than bulging stomach. Even I want to know the behavior of that woman.

Pregnancy Symptoms: Classic pregnancy symptoms usually don’t begin until the day your period is missed or after that. These can include: tender or swollen breasts, nausea or vomiting; lack of a period; increased frequency of urination; headaches, insomnia, fatigue. Moodiness, mild cramping, food cravings; passing gas; enlarging waist line. Etc. There may be an increase in white vaginal discharge. ...Read more

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How effective is stripping the membranes during pregnancy? I'm 38 weeks, dilated to 3, 50% effaced, 2nd pregnancy!

How effective is stripping the membranes during pregnancy? I'm 38 weeks, dilated to 3, 50% effaced, 2nd pregnancy!

Pregnancy: There is no evidence to show that stripping membranes induces labor. In fact, it can results in cramping and spotting, just making you more uncomfortable than you already are! ...Read more

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What makes a premature rupture of membranes in pregnancy a high risk for infection?

Group B strep: If the vagina is colonized with group b strep and the membranes rupture. The baby is exposed to this infection the longer the membranes remain ruptured and the longer the baby is not delivered. ...Read more

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Since having my second baby I noticed I have what looks like slightly bulging veins in my legs. Got them after pregnancy. Why is this?

Since having my second baby I noticed I have what looks like slightly bulging veins in my legs. Got them after pregnancy. Why is this?

Likely Varicose vein: Varicose veins very frequently form on the legs during pregnancy & often become apparent during or after delivery. This typically occurs due to faulty vein valves in the legs (referred to as venous insufficiency or venous reflux disease). It is typically an inherited disease. Since leg veins are under much more pressure during pregnancy, the weak veins often start failing while pregnant and bulge ...Read more

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First pregnancy lasted 10weeks due to small sac gestation, second lasted 17weeksdue to oligohydraminus as membrane ruptured advice tests and treatment?

First pregnancy lasted 10weeks due to small sac gestation, second lasted 17weeksdue to oligohydraminus as membrane ruptured advice tests and treatment?

Get opinion OB/GYN: N eed to check medical condition like diabetes, thyroid disease, smoking and drug use. Secondly test for disease cervical incompitence. Other possible differential diagnosis is uterine infection, UTI and inflammation of uterus called chorioammionitis. You need to be examed thoroughly before you get pregnant, need to get IV antibiotcs for uterine infection. ...Read more

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I am planning a pregnancy right away but have to have a lateral incisor removed, and a bone graft first. Is a collagen membrane safe in pregnancy?

I am planning a pregnancy right away but have to have a lateral incisor removed, and a bone graft first. Is a collagen membrane safe in pregnancy?

Extractions, Bone: I would do the extraction, and the bone augmentation prior to getting pregnant.
Collagen membrane are harvested either from swine (pegs) or bovine. No contraindiactions of using the membrane. Just not wise to do any extensive dental treatment during the first trimester, . ...Read more

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Obgyn & dermatologist looked at spots on vulva & said they were normal (moles or pregnancy changes). They look bulging under skin and purple. Venous?

Obgyn & dermatologist looked at spots on vulva & said they were normal (moles or pregnancy changes). They look bulging under skin and purple. Venous?

Exam needed: We will not be able to guess without being able to do an exam and see what the lesions look like. It sounds like your Obgyn and a dermatologist have done an exam. Schedule a follow up visit to have them clarify the diagnosis and treatment plan ...Read more

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Which of the following can be a cause of preterm premature rupture of membranes before 24 weeks of pregnancy? : high tsh, high prolactin, low dhea.

Which of the following can be a cause of preterm premature rupture of membranes before 24 weeks of pregnancy? : high tsh, high prolactin, low dhea.

None really: Hyperthyroidism is more assoc with preeclampsia with could result in needed premature delivery. Hyperprolactin is assoc with decreased fertility. Dheas. Is assoc with severe pcos but shouldn't cause prem rupt of membranes. ...Read more

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Is emergent mcdonald 3 stitches as successful as elective If cervix is not dilated or effaced at all, just 21mm funnel and CL 23mm. No bulging membranes?

Is emergent mcdonald 3 stitches as successful as elective If cervix is not dilated or effaced at all, just 21mm funnel and CL 23mm. No bulging membranes?

No: What's different about the situation you describe is that there has been cervical shortening, which, in and of itself, increases your risk for preterm delivery. Your cervix is still pretty long, though, at 23mm. Likely the stitch will be successful at helping to prevent preterm birth. It's good, as well, that no bulging membranes. Good luck and I hope that your pregnancy goes to term! ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a tympanic membrane red and bulging outward toward external auditory canal mean?

Please tell me what does a tympanic membrane red and bulging outward toward external auditory canal mean?

Otitis media: Otitis media means infection in the middle ear compartment. While not always, the described findings are consistent with middle ear infection. The bulge usually means thick fluid filling up the space and pushing against the drum and the red is that the drum is involved in the infection. These may spontaneously burst or perforate. Appropriate and timely medication usually prevents this. ...Read more

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What are the potential complications for infant born @ 28 weeks? My daughter is 21 weeks pregnant. Scans show the infant is developing normally. Her cervix is opening and thinning and the membranes are showing but not bulging. Her physicians gave two opti

What are the potential complications for infant born @ 28 weeks? My daughter is 21 weeks pregnant. Scans show the infant is developing normally. Her cervix is opening and thinning and the membranes are showing but not bulging. Her physicians gave two opti

Regarding: Regarding the timing of a placement of a cerclage, I do not think that there is clear consensus on the utility at 21 weeks gestation, and the benefit/risk ratio must be weighed carefully and individually for each patient. In general, the presence of fetal membranes prolapsing through the external cervical os is a relative contraindication to the procedure because the risk of the accidental rupture of the membranes in this setting is great.

When premature labor develops and cannot be stopped, the health care team will prepare for a high-risk delivery and immediate resuscitation. The “special care” of a premature infant happens in a neonatal intensive care unit (nicu) and involves the treatment of every organ system in the baby. For example, the preemie baby’s temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation is constantly monitored. Soon after birth, the infant will probably need help via technology to feed, via a feeding tube, and breathe via a ventilator and/or supplemental oxygen administration. In addition, the infant may develop problems with digestion or infections. It is not uncommon for very premature infants to require a blood transfusion at some point during their course in the intensive care unit, and if there is a genetic reason that has contributed to the prematurity, those specific issues will be managed as well. Hospital care is needed until the infant is able to breathe without extra support, feed by mouth, and maintains body temperature and a stable or increasing body weight.

Babies born before 37 weeks gestation can have long-term medical or developmental concerns that continue into childhood or longer. In general, the earlier an infant is born and the smaller the infant is at birth the greater the risk of complications. However, it is impossible to predict a baby's long-term outcome based on gestational age or birth weight alone. ...Read more

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At what point (s) in a pregnancy are teratogens most dangerous?

At what point (s) in a pregnancy are teratogens most dangerous?

During the first: Trimester the baby is undergoing a great deal of development and is particularly vulnerable to teratogens. ...Read more

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Why does the U.S. have such a high infant mortality rate? Do we have fewer doctors who specialize in pregnancy?

Why does the U.S. have such a high infant mortality rate? Do we have fewer doctors who specialize in pregnancy?

Prematurity: We have a higher infant mortality rate than many of the other developed countries. This is multifactorial, one of the biggest reasons is higher rate of teen pregnancy and more premature births. ...Read more

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Recently went to ER at 5w5d prg. Seen for bleeding. U/s was to early to tell but hgc was 23. Is pregnancy likely?

Recently went to ER at 5w5d prg. Seen for bleeding. U/s was to early to tell but hgc was 23. Is pregnancy likely?

Difficult to say: An hCG level of 23 would be consistent with having conceived approximately 10 to 14 days ago. An ultrasound will show the very beginning of a gestational sac at an hCG level of about 1200. We generally cannot see a viable embryo until about 10, 000. Unfortunately with only one measurement, it is impossible to say what will happen. You just need time. ...Read more

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Progerterone at 19 and hCG at 58000. Will have u/s at 8.5 weeks. Do those levels look good for a viable pregnancy?

So far fine: But if u were my pt would do us now if u are 7 weeks u should be able to see a 7 week fetus with a normal fetal ht rate, no reason to wait another 1 1/2 weeks if u are worried. ...Read more

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1 CM paraovarian cyst appeared after pregnancy. Was not seen on u/s before pregnancy. How did this happen? Dr said fine, no f/u needed.

1 CM paraovarian cyst appeared after pregnancy. Was not seen on u/s before pregnancy. How did this happen? Dr said fine, no f/u needed.

Paraovarian cyst: Ovarian cysts can come and go but paraovarian cysts are thought to be embryological remnants and would have been present prior to your pregnancy. It may have been missed on the prior u/s, but in general paraovarian cysts are inconsequential incidental findings. Follow-up u/s recommendations are the same for ovarian and paraovarian cysts and are only indicated for cysts > 5cm prior to menopause. ...Read more

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U/s showed 1 CM paraovarian cyst that wasn't there a year ago. U/s done at different places. Could this have been caused by my pregnancy?

U/s showed 1 CM paraovarian cyst that wasn't there a year ago. U/s done at different places. Could this have been caused by my pregnancy?

Not from pregnancy: Para ovarian cysts are quite common and are embryonic remnants. They are not caused by pregnancy and are typically not significant. It probably has been there awhile, just hasn't been seen before. At 1cm, your gyn should do no more then follow this yearly. Best of luck to you! ...Read more

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I know (it happened before)im going through a cryptic pregnancy and my doctor won't give me D&C as a choice because of all my (-'s)! What can I do!?

I know (it happened before)im going through a cryptic pregnancy and my doctor won't give me D&C as a choice because of all my (-'s)! What can I do!?

Not sure: Not sure what you mean by cryptic pregnancy? Do you have medical problems making anesthesia for D&C risky for you? It can be done under sedation with a local anesthetic. How far along are you? What was seen, no heartbeat? This is a fetal demise. No fetus? This is a blighted ovum. You might even consider a second opinion. Sorry for the frustration you are going through. ...Read more