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

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

Encourage Labor: Your doctor may strip the membranes if you are at or past your due date to encourage labor. If the cervix has started to dilate, the doctor can slip his or her finger between the cervix and the membranes with a sweeping circular motion going all around the cervix. This releases prostaglandins and may result in cramping or the onset of contractions. ...Read more

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

When will obgyn strip your membrane? Im 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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I am nine months pregnant and I am going in to have the membrane removed from my cervix what does that mean also will it hurt when he removes it

I am nine months pregnant and I am going in to have the membrane removed from my cervix what does that mean also will it hurt when he removes it

Removing : Removing the membrane from your cervix is also called stripping membranes or membrane sweeping. Your doctor will place his or her finger into the cervix to separate the bag of amniotic fluid from the uterus. It can be done as part of your pelvic exam. Hormones are released when the membranes are stripped and this can help to soften up the cervix and to start contractions. It is a method to help induce labor. It is uncomfortable but this is brief. Congratulations on your pending arrival. ...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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Why my obgyn want to strip my membrane if i`m not pregnant, just my period wont stop?

Why my obgyn want to strip my membrane if i`m not pregnant, just my period wont stop?

Ha?: If you are not pregnant, there are no membranes there. Membranes (amniotic fluid sac) are present only in pregnant women. I am not sure what he/she is going to strip then. ...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?

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

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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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Im 38 weeks pregnant, will a exercise ball help me go into labor? What are the chances of a membrane stripping at 39 weeks work also.

Im 38 weeks pregnant, will a exercise ball help me go into labor? What are the chances of a membrane stripping at 39 weeks work also.

Bouncing can help: You could also do pretend jump roping for a total of 60 minutes a day in 10 minute sessions. Eating eggplant can be a help. Stripping membranes is not a good idea unless the cervix is effaced completely and beginning to dilate since it can cause rupture of the membranes and a need to deliver in 24 hours to prevent infection. ...Read more