Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park
I know pregnancy and labor is by no means an exact science, but I was wondering if any of you could share your stories. I had my membranes stripped on Friday, and am still waiting on labor to kick in. I’m 39w 5d. So for you ladies who had their membranes stripped, did it work for you? How long did it take for labor to kick in afterwards? I’m so ready to be done with this whole pregnancy thing and have our little girl here, it’s driving me crazy!
Post # 3
My SIL had hers stripped and a week later she went into labour.
Post # 4
It didn’t work for me. I had them stripped at 38 and 39 weeks, I went into labor at exactly 40 weeks. But it was my due date, and I think it’s just b/c she was ready to come and had nothing to do with my membranes being stripped. My doctor said if it was going to work, it would have within 24 hours.
Post # 5
I don’t think it works very well… I can’t believe it’s almost time for your baby to arrive!
Post # 6
@artbee: I agree.
Sweeping the membranes is only going to bring on labor if your body is ready for labor anyway. In most cases, it just causes lots of cramping and spotting. If this is your first, there’s a good chance you still have another week of waiting.
Post # 7
I was 1cm dilated and 50% effaced at my 37 week appointment, 2cm and 50% at my 39 week appt, 3 cm and 80% at my 40 week appointment (40 wks and 1 day) when I had my membranes stripped. The midwife told me it usually will help within 48-72 hours if your body is ready and I went into labor 2.5 days later. I think it did make a difference for me, but only because my body was ready anyways…the midwife told me she could have broken my bag of waters at that appointment if I had wanted her to.
Post # 8
@sand dollar: I think it depends on if anything is going on before they strip your membranes if it’s going to work or not. I had mine stripped at 39 weeks and at 40 weeks. Nothing happened. I ended up getting induced at 41 weeks and 1 day so for me they didn’t work.
Post # 9
is this an american thing because ive not heard any of my friends who have children had this done to them and ive been a birthing partner and not heard of this – personally (being uneducated on the subject btw) there is no way i would let them do this to me, it sounds intrusive
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2010 - MacLean Park
It’s really not very intrusive. The basic concept is to disconnect the bag of waters from the cervix which also produces prostiglandins and can induce labor contractions. It can also soften the cervix a little and encourage effacement.
Looks like it didn’t really do much for me. I’m so tired of being pregnant. I just want to get this show on the road already!
Post # 11
Mine were stripped at my 38 week appointment when I was 2cm dilated and 50% effaced, and nothing happened other than cramping, spotting, and losing my mucus plug (gross).
Last Tuesday at my 39 week appointment I hadn’t progressed at all and refused to have it done – my husband and I feel the baby will come when he’s ready. Our due date was yesterday (August 14).
Post # 12
It worked for me. I went in to see the midwife on my due date and nothing was really looking ready to go. My midwife stripped my membranes and I started having light contractions that afternoon and was in full-out labor the next night. I think it really worked for me but my midwife did say that it doesn’t always work.
Post # 13
I was already in labor when the midwive stripped mine. Had starting losing mucus plug and loose stools the night before. VERY VERY minor contactions started at around 5am. I already had a 9am appt that day and she stripped them then. Contractions steadily increased throughout the day and didn’t really make me clinch up until about 4pm when I was 4cm. Warren was born at 8:33. So did it help speed things up… who knows. Also I was 40w5d – so I’m sure he was on his way anyways 🙂
Post # 14
Ugh, I’m so sick of being pregnant too! I was hoping I was going to read this and find that the odds were in favor of it working but it looks like it’s just hit or miss. I’m only 2 days past my due date but I can’t take it. My doctor said they’d wait, assuming everything was alright, 2 weeks. I won’t be able to hold out. I’m so uncomfortable and more importantly- I wanna see her!
Post # 15
I had mine stripped while I was in labor. My cervix was doing nothing and I was 41 weeks. It freaking hurt.
Post # 16
Oh by the way, girls who want to get the show on the road- I was a week late and ready to punch someone. DH and I “did it”, and my water broke a few hours later. It wasn’t pretty-but it worked!