(Closed) Stripped Membranes and Labor

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

My SIL had hers stripped and a week later she went into labour.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

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
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I don’t think it works very well… I can’t believe it’s almost time for your baby to arrive!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@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
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Helper bee

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

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 # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had mine stripped while I was in labor. My cervix was doing nothing and I was 41 weeks. It freaking hurt.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh by the way, girls who want to get the show on the road- I was a week late and ready to punch someone. Darling Husband and I “did it”, and my water broke a few hours later. It wasn’t pretty-but it worked!

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