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I am 38 weeks pregnant and went to the doctor today. While doing my internal exam, she asked me if I wanted her to strip my membranes. What does that mean?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and went to the doctor today. While doing my internal exam, she asked me if I wanted her to strip my membranes. What does that mean?

Preparing for Labor: The membranes are loosely adherent to the lining of the uterus. During the exam, if the cervix is open enough to allow passage of the examiners finger, the finger can be swept between the membranes and the lower uterine wall breaking this loose adhesion. This releases compounds that can further soften and thin the cervix and cause an earlier onset of labor. ...Read more

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At how many weeks pregnant can you ask your doctor to do a membrane sweap?

At how many weeks pregnant can you ask your doctor to do a membrane sweap?

Lungs Matured?: After the infants lungs are mature enough to survive outside of the womb. Your OB will know when is best for your pregnancy. ...Read more

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My doctor wants to sweep my membranes next Tuesday. I will be 39 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Is this a good idea ? Why?

My doctor wants to sweep my membranes next Tuesday. I will be 39 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Is this a good idea ? Why?

Matter of opinion: as a board certified OB/GYN, I don't think it makes a difference (and there is medical literature that agrees with me) ...Read more

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I think i may be 3 weeks pregnant but my doctor said i don't feel pregnant when he did the internal exam can it be to early to feel anything yet?

I think i may be 3 weeks pregnant but my doctor said i don't feel pregnant when he did the internal exam can it be to early to feel anything yet?

Yes: When a woman is just a few weeks pregnant the exam is likely still normal. The uterus will still be normal size at 3 weeks from the last menstrual period. In a few more weeks the exam will be different! ...Read more

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My doctor stripped my membranes today at 2cm dilated and 50% effaced and -2 station. How often does stripping membranes start labor?

My doctor stripped my membranes today at 2cm dilated and 50% effaced and -2 station. How often does stripping  membranes start labor?

It can help you: It is hard to say exactly the percentage of time stripping can help, but anectodely it can. It is hard to say if it is stripping or just time to go into labour. ...Read more

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I'm 38 weeks pregnant 3cm dilated 70% effaced and had my membrane strip today is labor near ? this is my 3 child and my mucus plug is out already.

I'm 38 weeks pregnant 3cm dilated 70% effaced and had my membrane strip today is labor near ? this is my 3 child and my mucus plug is out already.

You are in labor: Veteran, please go to the hospital, whoever examined you should be around, or may be you are in the hospital already. History is lacking: did you have CS before? Goodluck with your labor wish you a healthy baby and easy labor ...Read more

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I had a pap exam and doc said my cervix s purplish bluish and my hCG test was unreadable what are the chances of me being pregnant?

I had a pap exam and doc said my cervix s purplish bluish and my hCG test was unreadable what are the chances of me being pregnant?

Some: The cervix can sometimes look a little blue with pregnancy. This is due to increase in blood flow to the cervix. But it is not an accurate way to diagnose pregnancy. Repeating a pregnancy test in 5-7 days is much more accurate. ...Read more

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Had pelvic exam, while my doc was checking me she said that my cervix was soft. Said possibility of being pregnant about 5 to 6 weeks but neg blood te?

Had pelvic exam, while my doc was checking me she said that my cervix was soft. Said possibility of being pregnant about 5 to 6 weeks but neg blood te?

Ovulation?: The cervix changes consistency during hormonal changes. Since you are not pregnant (negative blood test) and not in labor, then it may be due to ovulation. If none of the above, then still no worries. Perhaps you just have a soft cervix. ...Read more

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Iliac crest and lower back pain post pregnancy. Doc wants to do pelvic exam and pelvic ultrasound. Does this make sense? Doesn't seem related to me.

Iliac crest and lower back pain post pregnancy. Doc wants to do pelvic exam and pelvic ultrasound. Does this make sense? Doesn't seem related to me.

Yes: This makes perfect sense as an exam to rule out any obvious pelvic pathology which can create low back pain when there is actually nothing wrong with the back. Your doctor is being thorough and i would agree completely that this is a good starting point. ...Read more

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