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Doctor insights on: Stripping Membranes

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Is sexual activities ok after stripping membranes?

Is sexual activities ok after stripping membranes?

Unless told otherwis: Your midwife or obstetrician should have given you advice after stripping your amniotic membranes from your cervix to stimulate labor. Provided you are gbs negative and membrane-intact you should have no problems. Remember than orogenital and anogenital contact is contraindicated in pregnancy. ...Read more

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What can I expect after midwife is done stripping membranes?

What can I expect after midwife is done stripping membranes?

Contractions.: Increasingly frequent and more painful contractions are to be expected. Fever >100.4f, vaginal bleeding (other than spotting) and decreased fetal movement are not normal and demand prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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I am 40 wks. Dr wants to induce @41 wks. I don't! She suggests stripping membranes &claims no risks. But I am concerned about infxn. Is it safe?

I am 40 wks. Dr wants to induce @41 wks. I don't! She suggests stripping membranes &claims no risks. But I am concerned about infxn. Is it safe?

Stripping Membranes: This is done during routine vaginal examine and involves inserting examining fingers through the open cervix and gently moving the amnionic membranes from the sides of the uterus. The hope is that this will stimulate labor. It is not rupturing the bag of waters, it is associated with very low risk to mother and baby. Since there is no rupture of membranes, risk of infection is not increased. ...Read more

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Does stripping membranes at 38 weeks pregnant work?

Does stripping membranes at 38 weeks pregnant work?

Yes, but..: 'stripping membranes' also runs the risk of induced rupture of the membranes. If you don't then go into spontaneous labor over a short period of time, infection to the baby can result as well as the need for labor induction' with drugs. Talk to your OB md and express your 'birth plan' desires. ...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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Lots of pressure & pain. Any way to self induce safely at 39 weeks? Doctor is uptight about stripping membranes. I'm so uncomfortable. Help!

Lots of pressure & pain. Any way to self induce safely at 39 weeks? Doctor is uptight about stripping membranes. I'm so uncomfortable. Help!

Pain at 39 wks: Pay careful attention to your medical advice. Make an appointment to have your doctor or his team examine you to be sure all is ok. ...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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Can ob strip membranes or stretch cervix if I am gbs+?

Can ob strip membranes or stretch cervix if I am gbs+?

Usually not best: If you are colonized with gbs, we usually do not "strip" membranes since this could lead to an ascending infection. The good news is that you will receive antibiotics in labor and the risk of obtaining an infection from your gbs presence is very low even with stripped membranes. The current recommendations are to not do it since there have been a few cases of sepsis implicated with this action. ...Read more

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What are possible reasons why my doctor wants to use pitocin (oxytocin) and not strip membranes?

What are possible reasons why my doctor wants to use pitocin (oxytocin) and not strip membranes?

Discuss with doctor: This question would be best answered by your doctor who knows your history well. Stripping membranes is not a form of induction and only works to start labor in someone who is ready, at best 50% of the time, sometimes less. In addition, if someone is GBS positive, it is not recommended to strip their membranes due to an increased risk of pushing GBS into amniotic sac and putting baby in danger ...Read more

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What does stripping your membranes mean?

What does stripping your membranes mean?

See below: Separating the amniotic sac from the inner wall of the uterus in order to hasen the start of labor. ...Read more

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Why would my doctor recommend stripping my membranes?

Stripping membranes: Your doctor might recommend this maneuver to encourage the onset of labor. It is an old technique. There's no "scientific" proof that it helps start labor, but it seems to in some people. But, there is no reason to do it, and if you don't want it done you should let your doctor know this. ...Read more

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If u strip ur membrane at 1cm can u go into labor?

Be careful...: Stripping membranes can help ripen the cervix. It can also increase your risk of a uterine infection. It isn't recommended for you to do it on yourself. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When will obgyn strip your membrane? I'm 40wks pregnant. Just wondering if they will this week

When will obgyn strip your membrane? I'm 40wks pregnant. Just wondering if they will this week

Might: Stripping membranes is something that has been done for generations but has no scientific basis or evidence to support that it increases the likelihood of labor. Of course there is no sound evidence that it doesn't sometimes help. For this reason it is sometimes done and sometimes not but is never done before the baby should be born (usually term or beyond) ...Read more

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Will a obgyn strip your membranes at 36 weeks if he checked me at 35 weeks and I was 1cm dilated?

Will a obgyn strip your membranes at 36 weeks if he checked me at 35 weeks and I was 1cm dilated?

Doubt it: 36 weeks is still considered preterm. It would not be right to strip your membranes thus encouraging preterm labor. ...Read more

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My doctor said he's going to induce, does this mean he'll send me to the hospitial that day or strip my membranes and send me home?

My doctor said he's going to induce, does this mean he'll send me to the hospitial that day or strip my membranes and send me home?

Inpatient induction.: Labor induction at your maternity hospital of choice is an increasingly frequent entry to labor nowadays. This is not an outpatient process - fetal monitoring mandates inpatient monitoring for labor induction. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I had my membranes stripped last Wednesday and mucus plug came out Thursday. Still haven't started labor. Can dr strip the membranes again?

I don't: I don't strip membranes for the reason you described. It has a low success rate and only gets women's hopes up. And, it causes a lot of cramping and bleeding which no fun either. Be patient, if you can let your labor start naturally, you will happier in the end. ...Read more

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Can my doctor strip my membranes at 37 weeks if I ask and there is no medical reason to?

Can my doctor strip my membranes at 37 weeks if I ask and there is no medical reason to?

39 weeks is best: Stripping the membranes release chemicals called prostaglandins which can help people go into labor. While 37 weeks is considered to be term, it is best to avoid artificially inducing labor before 39 weeks. Most doctors will want to avoid causing a patient to labor without a medical reason before 39 weeks. ...Read more

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36w and 4d pregnant. Dilated to a 1 1/2 almost 2 and dr tried to strip my membranes. How long will it be before things get to moving along?

36w and 4d pregnant. Dilated to a 1 1/2 almost 2 and dr tried to strip my membranes. How long will it be before things get to moving along?

No set time: But am surprised as long as you and baby are ok that doc would strip the membranes before 37 weeks as sometimes you can go into labor in a day or 2 or sometimes it does not work at all to put u in labor, if your baby is not too large, safest time to deliver for the baby is 39-40 weeks and 38 weeks better than now, at 36 wks and 4 days the lungs may not be all the way mature. ...Read more

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40wks +3 days pregnant, due date came and gone. What is the process of "stripping my membranes, " is it painful and is it effective in inducing labor?

Discuss with doctor: You should discuss your options with your doctor. To strip the membranes your cervix must already be dilated. It can have some effect to trigger labor. Most doctors prefer to induce by 41 weeks or certainly by 42 weeks to avoid the complications of postterm pregnancy. Schedule a visit to discuss your options. ...Read more