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Old 12-01-2003, 05:06 PM   #1
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Question Stripping the membranes

For those of you who have had your membranes stripped, did it hurt? I heard it hurt really bad and then some people say it doesn't. I am 38 weeks pregnant with my second child and dilated to 3 cm. At the doctor's appointment today he said if I do not go into labor before Monday Dec.8th to come back to the office and he will strip my membranes. He said the baby is still very high and I probably won't dilate anymore till she drops. I don't know why she has not dropped yet. Her daddy said she is going to be hard headed like him . Did stripping the membranes cause you to go into labor? Did you bleed? Any information anybody can offer on this would be great! I'm looking on the net too for information.

 
Old 12-01-2003, 06:38 PM   #2
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Re: Stripping the membranes

Hi Cindy,
When I was pregnant with my third baby I had my membranes stripped at about 39.5 weeks. I expected it to be a little uncomfortable, but it actually didn't hurt at all. I went into labor about 24 hours later

Oh yeah, I was about 2-3 centimeters dilated at the time.
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Old 12-01-2003, 07:10 PM   #3
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Re: Stripping the membranes

I had my membranes stripped. It didn't hurt it was just a little more uncomfortable than the regular checks to see if your dialated. I was 2-3 cm when I had my membranes stripped but it didn't make me go into labor and I didn't bleed. I ended up being induced and had a quick & painless labor. I wish you the best!
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Old 12-02-2003, 07:38 AM   #4
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Re: Stripping the membranes

If they do it right you will bleed slightly for a couple of hours. Kind of like a mucus and blood mix. You will have some slight cramping for a while and if done correctly 80% of cases will go into labor within 72 hours. I have had it done twice, both times labor started almost exactly at 48 hours later.

 
Old 12-02-2003, 04:07 PM   #5
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Re: Stripping the membranes

Ummm...being a first-time Mom and all, I'm quite ignorant to some of the procedures and what-not. Could someone please tell me what "membrane stripping" entails? It does not sound pleasant at all!
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Old 12-03-2003, 05:42 AM   #6
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Re: Stripping the membranes

It does sound unpleasant doesnt it. What happens is the doctor or midwife inserts their finger between the cervix and the amniotic membrane and runs it around a couple times to separate the two. If you do it late in pregnany it is supposed to start releasing hormones to get labor going.
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Old 12-03-2003, 02:23 PM   #7
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Re: Stripping the membranes

A-ha! Well, the way you've described it, coppertop, makes it a little less unpleasant-sounding! Thanks for the info!
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Old 12-04-2003, 06:05 AM   #8
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Re: Stripping the membranes

membrane stripping is where they do an internal exam, and where the cervix is attached to the wall of your uteris, they take their finger and go around it to remove it from the wall. it produces some kind of hormone that can make you go into labor, if your body is ready. if your body is not ready, it does nothing.

i had high blood pressure at the end of my pregnancy, so they tried to speed things up a bit. i got it done a week before i delivered (i was 1 cm), and after she did it i had to wear a pad b/c of the discharge, and then she did it again the day before i delivered(i was still 1cm). and my baby came 2 days before his due date. it kind of hurt a little but it wasn't bad at all and the whole procedure is like 2 seconds. afterwards i was a little sore but hey i was 9 months pregnant i just wanted to get him out of me
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