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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 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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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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What does 17-progesterone mean? can i still get pregnant dont have money for the doctors to get myself checked

What does 17-progesterone mean? can i still get pregnant dont have money for the doctors to get myself checked

Yes You Can: Why did you ask about 17 Progesterone.It actually is a blood test done on the babies when we suspect a condition called Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia 17 Progesterone is an endogenous Progesterone and also chemical intermediate in the biosynthesis of other steroid Hormones including Corticosteroids,androgens(male sec\x horkone)and estrogen(female sex hormone). You can get pregnant,17Pro has nothin ...Read more

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My wife went to the doctor for regular check up as she is pregnant and was told she has 2 placentas but carrying 1 child what does mean ?

My wife went to the doctor for regular check up as she is pregnant and was told she has 2 placentas but carrying 1 child what does mean ?

Anatomy: It's possible that your wife had a twin that passed away. It's also possible that placenta is one placenta but with a separation in its membrane. ...Read more

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What does it means when a doctor finds that a woman is bleeding through a urine exam test at and check up at 13 weeks of pregnancy?

What does it means when a doctor finds that a woman is bleeding through a urine exam test at and check up at 13 weeks of pregnancy?

Evaluation : Any bleeding during pregnancy should be promptly valuated by your doctor. There are many things that can cause this and an examination will be needed to narrow it down. ...Read more

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35 weeks pregnant and when my doctor checked my cervix, she told me there was a lot of pressure but didn't explain so wondering what that could mean?

35 weeks pregnant and when my doctor checked my cervix, she told me there was a lot of pressure but didn't explain so wondering what that could mean?

The baby is down: In ur uterus putting pressure on ur cervix and when it's persistent and pelvic pain intensifies, it may be a sign of imminent labor. God bless u! http://www.Babymed.Com/pregnancy-symptoms/pelvis-discomfort-and-pressure. ...Read more