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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

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When doctors use u/s date instead of lmp to count your pregnancy does it still mean your conception is 2 weeks after? The start of my 40 wks is aug3rd

When doctors use u/s date instead of lmp to count your pregnancy does it still mean your conception is 2 weeks after? The start of my 40 wks is aug3rd

Gestation: If your dates are accurate and cycles are every 28 days, use your dates to establish your delivery date. If not a series of US may help, the most accurate US is around 20 weeks. All the best. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a doctor wants to sweep my membranes?

What does it mean if a doctor wants to sweep my membranes?

See below: He/she will separate your membranes from the opening of the womb in order to induce labor. ...Read more

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33 wk pregnant w/ GD Last week doc measured me 36 cm. Had an u/s today my placenta was unusually thick. What does or could this mean for my baby?

33 wk pregnant w/ GD Last week doc measured me 36 cm. Had an u/s today my placenta was unusually thick. What does or could this mean for my baby?

Nothing: Nothing, the placenta is "working" just fine up to this point by providing blood to your baby as far as is known by your OB MD. ...Read more

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Do doctors check for HPV during pregnancy?

Do doctors check for HPV during pregnancy?

Not routinely: If you're worried about stds, ask your dr which stds can be tested: typically gonorrhea, chlamydia, hiv, syphilis, trichomonas, hepatitis. Hpv testing isn't routine. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that doctors will check for pregnancy while checking for a uti?

Is it actually true that doctors will check for pregnancy while checking for a uti?

You can request: A urinlaysis & urine culture are different than a urine pregnancy test. Please tell the physician if you believe you may be pregnant and he or she can order a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Gf had to take urine pregnancy test at doctors 2 weeks ago still havnt heard back any idea what this could mean?

Gf had to take urine pregnancy test at doctors 2 weeks ago still havnt heard back any idea what this could mean?

Call doctor: Not hearing from the doctor does not mean anything. Call the doctor's office to get the results. If your Gf has had a period since the visit, it does not matter, You could do a home pregnancy test, if she has missed her period by 4-5 days. If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine, ...Read more

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Do sperms swim like olympians like what one of the doctors said to me? I mean just buy fingering? About the chance of pregnancy?

Do sperms swim like olympians like what one of the doctors said to me? I mean just buy fingering? About the chance of pregnancy?

Sperm in Vagina: Yes. Active sperm can lead to pregnancy in a fertile female partner. Precum can lead to pregnancy and any active sperm. It is wise to know when your partner is fertile so you can be more careful with this. ...Read more

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If you go to the doc and they do a check up and tell u breath in and out. Do pregnant woman breath in and out alot when pregnant?

If you go to the doc and they do a check up and tell u breath in and out. Do pregnant woman breath in and out alot when pregnant?

Everyone: breathes in and out constantly! : ) There may be some labored breathing in later stages of pregnancy. The doctor asks you to breath in and out so he/she can obtain an optimal lung exam with the stethoscope. ...Read more

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My doctor said hes 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 hes 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 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