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What Does Stripping Membranes Mean
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes, you can but: The real? Is, should you? If a women is past 40 weeks of pregnancy, membrane sweeping may induce labor, allowing her to avoid a "medically-induced" labor. It can be uncomfortable & cause some bleeding. Generally OB's avoid this before 40 weeks unless there's a really good reason--in which case a medically induced labor is usually chosen. Best wishes! Dr. Anne ...Read more
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
Will a obgyn strip your membranes at 36 weeks if he checked me at 35 weeks and I was 1cm dilated?
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
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
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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How effective is stripping the membranes during pregnancy? I'm 38 weeks, dilated to 3, 50% effaced, 2nd pregnancy!
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
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
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
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
Ideally not: Current thinking is that if you know a patient is gbs positive that you do not attempt to strip their membranes. ...Read more
I'm 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
I'm 38 weeks pregnant 3cm dilated 70% effaced and had my membrane strip today is labor near? This is my 3 child and my mucus plug is out already.
Vigorous exam: Membranes stripping is not as involved as typical internet descriptions often portray it. Basically the doctor places a finger between the cervix and the amniotic sac. A circle is made with the finger. This releases chemicals called Prostglandins which is some cases may possibly decrease the time before the onset of labor. ...Read more