(Closed) stripping the membranes!! losing your plug!!

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@flamingred: Oh God, I still don’t know what half of that means πŸ˜› (I’m really confused at what the membrane stripping is – it sounds painful!)

Well, I’m not pregnant or a mother but I keep learning new things all the time – my bff informed me that at your first appt they do an internal exam and I guess that continues through the pregnancy? Bleh πŸ™

Oh the worst is the tearing! I guess I thought that only happened in extreme cases. I didn’t realize it was so common! I’m such a wheeny when it comes to pain that I can’t imagine how I’m going to deal with being pregnant/giving birth πŸ™

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

oh! and a fb friend had her status as ‘baby dropped today’ and I’m not real sure what that is either? that they moved or something?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@flamingred:

I’m no pg, but I have looked after many newborn cousins and omg the poop was insane!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

How disgusting the placenta is. It is a bloody, fleshy mass and is huge! I also didn’t know how mch you bled afterwards- You make up for the 9 months of no periods.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@flamingred: gosh, that just pushed back kids another 5 years!

I guess the tearing really bothers me – cows having 120lb calves rarely ever tore (sorry for yet another cow reference) and it makes me feel like doctors are rushing women when they aren’t quite stretched enough or having them push from the wrong position. Do they do anything to help prevent it? I know we used to use lube and try to help ‘stretch’ the cow and even in serious cases that required the vet, he would have us do that as well. Maybe it’s because a cow isn’t going to be kept in as sterile an environment as a women that those type of tears are going to be very, very, prone to germs and fecal matter.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i wonder if membrane stripping is an american thing because ive never heard of it in australia – none of my friends/family have had it done

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I knew about all this stuff so far. I asked my sister once about the placenta. She’s really good at explaining anything baby. She said after you deliver it, the doctor has to use both hands to pick it up and move it. That was really all I needed to know. 

The 3rd degree tearing also sounds totally terrifying.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@hisgoosiegirl:  the farm analogy is an interesting one…it’s sort of the basis for the Bradley Method of child birthing.  long story short- Dr Bradley grew up on a farm and witnessed lots of animals giving birth seemingly without pain.  he became an OB years later and was shocked to see women in so much pain.  he incorporates methods from animals as well as “husband” coaching to help with labor.  it’s definitely an interesting concept!!

Post # 12
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  • Wedding: January 1993

@mwitter80: lol, that’s one thing I do know about. When I was younger and saw one for the first time – it was just so strange the way the cotyledons look like they are growing on the placenta. Uck. And just in case you wanted to vomit – any vet will tell you that the worst smell ever is a retained placenta/metritis. When the afterbirth doesn’t come out on its own and is in a 101F uterus for a couple days, it smells absolutely awful like nothing you can even imagine.

Post # 13
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  • Wedding: January 1993

@ustechie: I might have to read up on that, it sounds intriguing! Physiologically, cows actually have it worse – while both are 9-month pregnancies, women have ~8lb baby which is what, 5% of her bodyweight? Cows have ~100-110lb calves that are 10% of their bodyweight. And same as humans, the shoulders are the most difficult part. I guess I was just very surprised to learn how common tearing is. For us, that would have meant we rushed the delivery before she was ready.

Now if the tongue is blue and floppy, we’ll rush, but it shouldn’t be ‘expected’. I guess it was more common to see very, very tiny splits, but they aren’t what I would call tears, not sure how to describe them – just the very outer layer of skin might ‘split’ but not even enough for it to actually bleed – just look like a very small vertical scrape.

And by no means does cow birth look painless – you can tell the girls are hurting but it doesn’t seem quite as bad as what women go through!

Post # 14
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  • Wedding: May 2010

am i the only one giggling/thinking wow over people comparing cows giving birth to people and pain thresholds/stats – if a man did that i would be (verbally) tearing him a new one

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Post # 15
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  • Wedding: April 2011

@flamingred: So far I know what you listed.. and did most of which before I had DS.

@hisgoosiegirl: You’ve totally got the right idea about why tearing in women is so common…. even us turning to be on all fours (like a cow) reduces our risk of tearing b/c the baby doesn’t have to manuveur under and UP to get past the pubic bone… AND squatting gets us almost 2 more cm in opening…. along with un-coached pushing (or not pushing when you’re not in contraction)

I read the Bradley method for when I was pregnant with DS and it really helped! I didn’t get a vaginal birth but it did help with the labor….. and just a note on Dr. Bradleys awesomeness… he’s delivered a 13lb baby to a momma, unmedicated, and NO TEARING πŸ˜‰

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I was 36 before I had even heard of a damn mucous plug? My BFF whose a nurse told me her plug came out before her water broke. Seriously W-T-F?  My cousin put me on to that Braxton Hicks thing. The only Braxton I knew up until that point was Toni.

I witnessed by first and only live birth with my BFF almost 4 years ago. Ummm… lets just say as “beautiful” as it is to witness the act of a child being delivered….the rest of the process it is pretty nasty and bloody. 

And babies poop out this tar-like, honey textured like substance for their first few bowl movements. Urghhhh. There is SOOO much you will never know about pregnancy until you been through it. Reading books is one thing, RL experience is a whole other level.

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