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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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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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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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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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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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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