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Stripping membranes?

Posted by on May. 9, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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My dr said he wanted to do this Friday. I am 38 weeks, and 4 cm dilated and 50% effaced and this is my third baby. He said to stay home and close to the hospital cause he doesnt think it will take much. I am just nervous about being alone (my SO will be at work an hour away) and worried about it hurting. Has anyone had this done?
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Kaleigh92805
by on May. 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM
I had it done yesterday..i haven't been feeling well today... Waiting on my contractions to get regular..i had it done with my others and it didn't work... I'm 38 weeks 5 days
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Sara.Worthey
by on May. 9, 2012 at 6:40 PM
I had it done twice with my second in hopes that it would make the contractions more productive. It kinda worked the second time.
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mestiza_07
by on May. 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM
I had it done twice...1st pregnancy my water broke that night and lAbor for 13 hrs, 2nd had contractions and slept through them until contractions were 8 min apart. Water broke in er with a contraction and baby was born in er. 3rd water broke on its own and labor for 9 hrs.
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babygomez
by April on May. 9, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I had it done once. To me, it only felt like a quick pinch while it was being done. I felt fine afterwards, no pain or discomfort, not even spotting.

Best wishes!

tresninos2011
by on May. 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM

It doesn't hurt, very uncomfortable, but you wouldn't know what they were doing had they not explained the process so vividly. It has a 50/50 chance of working. So try not to stress. I had it done and still went two days beyond and needed pitocin once at the hospital at 5 cm, 100% and at station 0 that was my 2nd pregnancy and the only one where my membranes were stripped due to my large baby bundle born 8 lbs 8 oz.

_muffin_
by on May. 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Is there a reason he is trying to get you to induce labor? I would decline and just let thing happen naturally unless there is an immediate health issue if it were me.

louzannalady
by on May. 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Without a medical reason, he should NOT be trying to induce labor in any way shape or form, before 39 weeks (at least!) per ACOG guidelines. I had it done with DS too early- I was around 38 weeks and did not have a favorable Bishop Score. It lead to my water leaking and a host of issues and interventions. I almost ended up with a c-section. I am sharing some links on induction and ways to so as safely as possible- if this is a route you want to take. Most important is knowing your Bishop Score! 

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704615504576172291331227676.html

http://www.pregnancyandbaby.com/pregnancy/articles/941885/what-starts-labor 

http://www.acog.org/About_ACOG/News_Room/News_Releases/2011/Fight_Prematurity_with_Awareness_-_Longer_Pregnancies_Ob-Gyns_Say (ACOG guidelines on induction) 

http://www.cafemom.com/group/pregnancy/forums/read/16053311/Six_questions_to_ask_about_induction


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aimesnyc
by on May. 14, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Had it done, and it didn't seem to make any difference.  It HURT, though!  Felt like I was being violated...lol. :P

stargazerwolf
by Member on May. 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I had it done this time in hopes to avoid another csection. I was only about 3 days short of due date, it was uncomfortable, but mostly just felt weird...i didnt think it worked and still don't really know, but then 2 days later started loosing my mucus plug, and on my due date started having a few contractions, water broke on my way in to the hospital to have a scheduled csection (due to previous csection) and I was able to VBAC! So I can't say for sure if it worked or if my LO was just ready to come any ways, because of the 18 1/2 hours of labor she was actually born the morning after her due date.

2teens2LOs
by on May. 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I suggest you have your DH take that day off, yes it is uncomfortable- but if you are that close, you dont need much to move along. Good Luck! You might just go right on to the hospital~

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