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She's gonna strip my membranes!!! Karly&Maddox 1 child; Tulare, California 149 posts
20th Mar '13

I will be 39 weeks and a few days this Friday march, 22 2013. My doctor wants to "strip my membranes" at my appt that day. I'm okay with it but how often does it actually work? Is it worth the pain? Is it even that painful? At my last visit on Monday the 18th, I was 80% effaced but NOT dilated at all... Will this cause a problem?
She also says if the stripping of the membranes does not work by my next appt on the 25th then she wants to induce me, however I am really reluctant to having that done, for one because I want to go into labor naturally, for two because I don't want to have a c-section.. I know with being induced women are more likely to have a c-section... :( is that true?



One last question: after she does the procedure on Friday of stripping the membranes what are some reliable and safe techniques I can do at home to help the process along? Walking and sex are a given but anything else? I've been bouncing on a yoga ball all week too!
Please help me out :) I'm a first time mommy can u tell? Lol

Heather ♥ Due February 27; 3 kids; Miami, Florida 2432 posts
20th Mar '13

i had my membranes stripped and my water broke 3 days later. i was at 2cm dilated when they were stripped and i stayed that way for HOURS into my labor. they put me on pitocin... ugh it was the worst. i will never have them stripped again, that's for sure.

user banned New York 15996 posts
20th Mar '13

It worked for me! Nipple stimulation is a good way to get your contractions strong.

GONE. PZ OUT. 2 kids; California 1278 posts
20th Mar '13

Lol it's just a quick finger swipe . Feels the same as getting your cervix checked. Not guaranteed to induce labor either

Karly&Maddox 1 child; Tulare, California 149 posts
20th Mar '13

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user banned New York 15996 posts
20th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Karly(Maddox's mama):</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting

Lil Glo Worm 1 child; Alberta 4062 posts
20th Mar '13

I had mine stripped at 7 am at 1 cm dilated and by 3pm I was back and 4cm dilated!

user banned New York 15996 posts
20th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Lil Glo Worm:</b>" I had mine stripped at 7 am at 1 cm dilated and by 3pm I was back and 4cm dilated!"</blockquote>




I dilated that quickly also.

Kristen Parris 2 kids; Virginia 1964 posts
20th Mar '13

I always thought you had to be dilated a tiny bit in order to get your membranes stripped... because what they do is just separate your bag of waters from the uterus right where the cervix is to try an irritate it to release a certain hormone( cant remember which) to start labor. Its not known to definitely work though.

I would try nipple stimulation!! Ive heard that works very well, my midwife told us that is the one thing that can definitely put you into labor if your body is ready.

With inductions you are more likely to end up with a csection versus a non induction labor. I was induced and ended up with a csection. Its called the cascade of interventions.

Cat Abbott 2 kids; British Columbia 1389 posts
20th Mar '13
Quoting Blasian Baby Maker 39W:" Lol it's just a quick finger swipe . Feels the same as getting your cervix checked. Not guaranteed to induce labor either"

This is definitely not the experience of many women.
From what I've read, membrane stripping isn't particularly effective before 41 weeks. But there isn't much risk to it either.
Honestly, your doctor's attitude frightens me. There is no reason to induce before 42 weeks in a healthy pregnancy. And induction carries many risks and few benefits when not medically indicated, including a doubled risk of cesarean.

Melissa 1 child; Michigan 1411 posts
20th Mar '13

I had it done at 39 weeks and my water broke the next morning at 5 am. I had her 16 hours later after very rough painful back labor. I don't think I'd have it done again... I'd rather just let it happen naturally (I know it doesn't always work and my water could have broken anway.. I'd just rather wait) Why are they wanting to induce you? Is there a medical reason? You can refuse induction.

Kelsey1987 4 kids; 1 angel baby; Utah 745 posts
20th Mar '13

I dont know about everyone else but getting your membranes stripped is sooo painful. Especially by a male doctor.

user banned New York 15996 posts
20th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kelsey Gilmer:</b>" I dont know about everyone else but getting your membranes stripped is sooo painful. Especially by a male doctor."</blockquote>




Yes it DEFINITELY did hurt.

Karly&Maddox 1 child; Tulare, California 149 posts
20th Mar '13

I'll be 40 weeks by the time she wants to induce me but I'm probably gonna refuse it because I'm not over due! If anything I'll just have her strip my membranes again.

Reagan's Mom ♥ Due July 16 (boy); 1 child; North Dakota 144 posts
20th Mar '13

mine were stripped and i had my daughter the next day :) doesnt hurt when they do it.. but i spose its different for everyone!