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What does stripping your membranes mean?

See below: Separating the amniotic sac from the inner wall of the uterus in order to hasen the start of labor. ...Read more

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Is sexual activities ok after stripping membranes?

Is sexual activities ok after stripping membranes?

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

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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?

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

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What can I expect after midwife is done stripping membranes?

What can I expect after midwife is done stripping membranes?

Contractions.: Increasingly frequent and more painful contractions are to be expected. Fever >100.4f, vaginal bleeding (other than spotting) and decreased fetal movement are not normal and demand prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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My doctor stripped my membranes today at 2cm dilated and 50% effaced and -2 station. How often does stripping membranes start labor?

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

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Lots of pressure & pain. Any way to self induce safely at 39 weeks? Doctor is uptight about stripping membranes.I'm so uncomfortable.Help!

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

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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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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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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