Yes, stripping membranes and breaking of the water are totally different things.
I had my membranes stripped around 39 weeks because my body was trying to go into labor, but would just stop for no reason (not braxton hicks). Honestly, I would never get them stripped again. It was sooooo painful, I felt like passing out afterwards. Anyhow, I started to go into labor, and lost my mucus plus (very common after getting membranes stripped) that night, but then labor stopped again. The following week, when I was full term, she asked if I wanted them stripped again - no way. So I made an appointment to get induced.
at 4:52 PM on Jan. 2, 2009