Stripping of membranes

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Registered: 07-30-2008
Stripping of membranes
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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 12:24am

Had my 38 week appt and the dr told me she could strip my membranes next week if I wanted.

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Registered: 03-12-2007
Thu, 04-12-2012 - 6:00am
I'm also thinking to have this done next week if baby is still not here. I've never had it done. However, my SIL had it done on the morning of August 9th (she was due the 12th) and delivered August 10th. At the time she was dilated to 2cm. She said it was painful, but obviously it was effective. I think if I'm still pregnant next week I will go for it, particularly if I still have zero progress.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 7:55am
I've never had it done, but I know people who have. I've heard it doesn't hurt more than getting checked. I haven't heard any cons besides it not always working.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 10:18am
I have had it done many times and it has never worked for me LOL.

It isn't that painful though so I think it is worth it to try it. The only con I can think of is sometimes you end up bleeding/spotting and that can be a bit yucky.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 11:09am

We are not offered this until

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 11:27am
I'm assuming it gets offered because it won't do anything unless your body is ready anyway, so it's a no harm-no foul kind of thing. At my practice you're allowed to start asking about it at 38 weeks, I believe. I forgot to ask at my appointment -_-;

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 11:43am
Yea, I'm not sure why 39 weeks is the magic number, but pretty much what Julianne said. I think it prob won't induce labor if your body isn't ready, just sort of nudges it along if it is ready. I know my dr won't do it before 39 weeks.
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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 11:47am
Yes most doctors around here will do it starting at 39 weeks. It is one of those interventions that don't do anything unless the baby is ready to be born anyway

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 11:54am
I'm pretty sure most of our providers won't do it before 39 weeks either because that is considered the optimal phase for delivery at our practice--as opposed to 37-38 weeks where it is still fine, but not as sure fire a shot at a good healthy baby/delivery I guess. Maybe I've been lucky to have both of mine at 37 weeks with no issues other than jaundice.

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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 12:53pm
I was ten days late with DS and the dr stripped my membranes. Didn't do a thing, still had a two day induction :( It was painful but I'd do it again in hopes of it working.
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Thu, 04-12-2012 - 12:55pm
I had my membranes swept when I was at 40 weeks with DS. It's supposed to cause labor to begin within 48 hours and with me, it did nothing. It wasn't painful, but it was uncomfortable. It felt like a cervical check to me. I think it caused me to dilate about half a cm in a week. I'm kind of indifferent on it, I guess I would do it again, but since I'm planning to have a c-section, it's not necessary. It's totally your choice. I've heard way more success stories on it causing labor to start, but I think DS was just too big to cause progressive labor.
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