Stripping of membranes

Keela - posted on 04/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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What was it like and how long did it take to go into labor after the procedure? Did you get to have a vaginal birth? Also were you dilated, if so how far. Doctor wants to do this Tuesday, I am nervous!

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Emily - posted on 04/27/2009

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I don't' think the risks outweigh the benefits unless the baby needs to come out pronto! So, if you are simply tired of being pregnant I vote "no" Anytime a practitioner puts his or her hands inside of you it increases the risk of infection. It also removes one of your body's first infection barriers and increases the risks that way. Additionally, it doesn't work unless you are ready to go into labor anyway. That said- these risks are pretty low and it is one of the more noninvasive induction methods. I'd still suggest sex, walking, and even spicy food first.

http://www.childbirth.org/AskACBE/labor/...

Darla - posted on 04/26/2009

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Hi there Keela! I was due April 28th, 2008 with my son and was in horrible pain the last 2 months from all the pressure. I went to my 38 week appointment and I had asked my doctor about stripping my membranes and she agreed. I will tell you this, it does hurt but it's over in 2 minutes...if that. Also, when you get home, have sex and lots of it. I had my membranes stripped at 12:30pm and was in labor by 2pm. I waited at home until around 7pm but I had my son (2 weeks early) at 1:18am. It was amazing. Both of my children were vaginal births and if I remember correctly, I was 2cm dilated and then after, I was 4cm. Good luck! I hope this works for you! =)

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Georgina - posted on 04/27/2009

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i had a membrain sweep, and by the time i got home from the hospital i had gone into labour and contractions were 3 mins apart lastin for 20 secs i had a natural birth usin only gas and air

Mel - posted on 04/27/2009

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I think we;re talking about the same thing if we are i had it done when i was in labour as it was taking too long to progress. worked for me and didnt hurt or anything. jst helps move things along quicker so you dont have to stay in labour for ages waiting to become further dialated. i was in labour 22 hours with my first and i was able to bring it on by lots and lots of housework all day.

Darla - posted on 04/26/2009

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Thanks Melissa! I had a friend of mine who had her membranes stripped at 37, 38, 39, and 40 weeks and she didn't have any luck either. I was so thankful that mine worked because that pressure was soooo intense. Plus, my son was face down and was pushing on my sciatic nerve so I was in horrible pain.

Melissa - posted on 04/26/2009

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That is so good to hear you could get it to work for you.. I couldnt and I was devastated and so in pain from pushing myslef,, Great story Darla

Melissa - posted on 04/26/2009

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Some people also express your milk it makes oxicotin( spelling not to sure of ) you have to usually express your fluid from your breast for 20 minutes before having any change this may also bring on sign of false labour so if you do get any action be sure to time them this never helped me though nothing did.

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My cousin had it done, said it was quite painful and a week later was pissed she hadn't gone into labor. She did the castor oil and 2 hours later was on her way to the hospital. Whether or not it was the oil, who knows. I heard that the oil and sex are best since the semen has the prostaglandis in it to make your cervix thin out and hopefully eventually dilate! (She was 2cm. when they stripped the membranes)

Kate CP - posted on 04/26/2009

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I asked my doctor about it and he said "Well, if you want we can do it...but in my experience it doesn't start or help labor. It just hurts." I told him no thank you and went home to lift heavy objects. :)

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If your trying to go into labor, the best and fastest way for you to naturally strip your membranes is sex! It's more effective then the doctors little finger tricks he uses in the office. Ask most doctors and they'll tel you the same! When my doctor finally filled me in on that little detail... things got going alot faster, the contractions really started to kick in. I still didn't really get dilating till the doctor popped my water bag......and yes mine all were vaginal births!

Melissa - posted on 04/26/2009

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Hhonestly it didnt do anything for me at all other then cause a little cramping and get my hopes up I had it done 3 times after each time I walked for minimum 2 hours as fast as I could, I really hope it works for you I just hope you don't get excited as I did I ended up crying and feeling really low

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