Stripping the Membranes

Melissa - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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So I'm 38 weeks and I've been pretty desperate to get this baby out. I'm set to be induced this next coming Wednesday but I really want to be able to go into labor on my own. I was induced with my last at 37 1/2 weeks because of a diseased gallbladder and it was a horrible experience. I ended of getting a fever, and an infection in my uterus and the placenta abrupted. When I went in to be induced nothing had started to change on my cervix and I most definitely was not dilated. This time though I am now 3cm dilated and about 75% effaced. I've been trying everything to get labor going. Eating pineapple, sex, spicy food, acupressure...I'll get a couple contractions and then nothing. So yesterday when I went in to get checked she stripped my membranes and I thought for sure we were going to be making a trip to the hospital in the middle of the night because of the horrible cramping and contractions but I'm still at home this am. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this done and if it has worked for them. I know it doesn't work for everyone and it might take a little time to work...I'm just anxious!!!

Thanks in advance!!!!!!!

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Kimberly - posted on 05/28/2009

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I had the membranes stripped 2x and it didnt work for me. The first time I thought it would happen because I had bleeding and lots of cramps that night to the point of me not being able to move and then the next day they faded and at the end of the week I had it done again and that time had nothing happen. Ended up having a c section the following thursday because my water broke before my pre op appointment. They had set me up to have my daughter on May 1st but she chose to arrive the 30h of april

Amber - posted on 05/23/2009

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That is honestly what started my labor. It worked for me. I had it done around 4:30pm and started having my first "real" contractions on the car ride home from the doctors office. We began timing them when we got home and after 3 hours they were about 4-8 min apart and went to the hopspital. Our son was born after a very short labor. We even bought our midwife flowers for doing the stripping and starting things off for us. This was our first child and we had it done the day before his due date. We were 4 cm and 80% effaced when our midwife did it.

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I had its done at 38 weeks, things looked good then all of a sunned they stopped. so i went to my next appointment a week later was scheduled to be induced the next morning ended up going into labor on my own that night. it works for some people but not all people. i was one of the not so lucky ones

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