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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?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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